Travel writing defies the laws of science that tell us that we can not be in two places at once. It is a gatekeeper— in it’s hands lie the power to connect us with people and places from which we are otherwise alienated. While it is no substitute for embarking on your own journey, travel writing can whet your appetite while you wait. This is important — this longing to see the world from new sidewalks and mountaintops. Travel, whether physically or vicariously embarked upon, makes us more aware of our place in the world. When you travel, you begin to understand how small you are in relation to everything else. You go from a place of self-centeredness to self-awareness. I dare you to walk through another country — slowly, hungry to learn — and not come out seeing your troubles in perspective, and problems to which you can be a solution.
Travel writing unites us despite our distances, and helps us to celebrate our differences.
To the homebody, travel writing opens the door to possibility and new worlds. To the seasoned traveler, travel writing bridges gaps between like-minded, adventurous souls. I feel a strange form of homesickness for places I have never been when I read tales by other explorers.
Vagabonds have been chronicling their experiences since the invention of the written word — begging us to go and experience the world for ourselves. Early travel writers recorded their discoveries and mishaps to guide us as we learned the world was round. Today, they combine their accounts with vivid pictures and videos to give us an instant 360 view of the possibilities that lie just outside our door.