26 October 2015

Travel Writing

If you are inspired by reading the works of travel writers, why is that?  Is it because their words give you something to strive towards?  Do they seem to help you understand the world better?  Is it both or is there something else entirely that motivates your reading?

A continous journey is one that has no interruption. It has continuity on a continuum.  It suggests endlessness, uniformity and perhaps even dullness.

A continual journey is one that begins and ends, with a break, however slight, in between a succession of other journeys.

What is the purpose of your reading, and of your own travels?  Are you a travel writer yourself?  Are you on a quest for continual improvement?

Can travel make you rich in some way, directly or indirectly?  Is there any point in most journeys?

How many journeys of discovery have you made today?  How do you find the time to reflect on your journeys?  Do your travels, and your reflections on your experiences, require at least some level of relative prosperity?

My main goal has been to prevent myself from being bored. If something no longer interests me, I quickly move on to something that is more motivating. At the same time, I try to live simply and save for the future. It has worked well so far. I am not much of a risk taker or gambler. Evidence is my guide. How about you?

You have probably noticed that the title of this blog is Continual Journeys. How do your continual journeys differ from your continuous ones?

As you may have noticed, to me, continuous means never ending or seeming to never end, whether as a linear journey or a cyclical one. Continual, on the other hand, has more depth and complexity.

My journeys are continually beginning and ending. They are continually affecting my emotions, long after they have ended. They are continually enlightening me. They are continually enriching my life.

Travel can be an individual experience or a shared journey, especially when preparing for it or reflecting upon it afterwards.  When preparing for your travels, do you manage to pack lightly?  Most guide books are too bulky to find a place in my luggage so I do most of my reading before I head off. I scribble a few pertinent facts in the small notebook I will take along in a small bag.

My local library usually has a good selection of guide books and the Internet gives me more details. Then I read history books and generally try to be well informed before I head off into the distance.  How many books, in fact or fiction, are really about journeys?

I tend to pick up leaflets of one kind or another as my journey progresses as they make wonderful souvenirs to add to my post-trip personal project books. It means, though, that my luggage is usually far heavier at the end of trips than it was at the beginning.  Sometimes, I am heavier, too!

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