Travel Quotation 50 – Nikos Kazantzakis

     Well-known poet from Crete, Nikos Kazantzakis, once wrote,
           "Every perfect traveler always creates the country where he travels."
      This is a rather cryptic quote, and its meaning probably depends on how the author defines the term, "perfect traveler." In my opinion, Nikos is refering to a traveler who does not adversely affect his destination, but rather takes part in the culture in which he is immersed. He is probably seen less as a tourist and more like an integral part of the landscape of the place. He becomes part of the scene, much as a brush-stroke becomes part of the painting. This seems to be travel at its most authentic, but I’m sure it’s difficult to attain. Unfortunately, I have never experienced this total immersion.


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