Travel Quotation 51 – Ralph Waldo Emerson

       Famous American essayist, Emerson, was obviously not a fan of travel, when he wrote,
              "I am not much of an advocate for traveling, and I observe that men run away to other countries because they are not good in their own, and run back to their own because they pass for nothing in the new place."
        It seems that, to Emerson, it’s all about functioning or participating in society, and I totally reject this premise. I don’t see travel as running away, but rather as exploiting an opportunity for enlightenment and education. To me, travel is a form of intellectual stimulation and a way to satisfy my curiosity about this huge world we live in. I believe that every human has an obligation to see as much of this beautiful planet and as many of mankind’s stunning additions to it as possible during his lifetime. To me, travel is a quest, to learn history and Art by seeing rather than reading, to discover myself through the mirror of others. In fact, I am not running away because I am not good in my own region, but rather, the traveling makes me appreciate what I have.


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