We have travelled quite a lot between us this year and before undertaking any more travel, reflection is always a good thing. Travel can sometimes be an escapist’s dream, but an expensive one at that. One should travel for the love of it, not to run away from something. If you travel and return and your home is not sweeter than before, you are doing it wrong.
And even if you are escaping a problem, make sure you aren’t coming back to face the issue, or you have obtained a weapon from your travels to fight it with. You don’t want to be back at square one.
There are lots of essays on Travel, but one our of favorite’s is Michel de Montaigne’s Of Vanity.
The pleasure of travel.
Besides these reasons, travel is in my opinion a very profitable exercise; the soul is there continually employed in observing new and unknown things, and I do not know, as I have often said, a better school wherein to model life than by incessantly exposing to it the diversity of so many other lives, fancies, and usances, and by making it relish so perpetual a variety of forms of human nature. The body is, therein, neither idle nor overwrought; and that moderate agitation puts it in breath. I can keep on horseback, tormented with the stone as I am, without alighting or being weary, eight or ten hours together.
Do I not find in the place to which I go what was reported to me- as it often falls out that the judgments of others do not jump with mine, and that I have found their reports for the most part false- I never complain of losing my labor: I have, at least, informed myself that what was told me was not true.
When you consider travel, let this be your watch word
I will not that the pleasure of going abroad spoil the pleasure of being retired at home; on the contrary, I intend they shall nourish and favor one another.