Real travel is not comfy, says Ilan Stavans. It’s not tourism. It’s a journey. Maybe a pilgrimage. A search. A getting lost.
Back in July, Tom Ashbrook featured Ilan Stavans on his show. I was just back from our latest travel adventure and missed it at the time. I finally listened to the podcast last Friday. It offers an interesting perspective on travel. I hope you 'll find some time to listen. You'll likely want to download it and listen on a portable device in your car or something- it's about 45 minutes long.
If you want to be a more thoughtful traveler and perhaps turn your journey into a sort of pilgrimage, check out The Way of the Traveler by Joseph Dispenza.
I first read this book more than ten years ago and I confess-I did not initially connect to all of the content. Over time, however, I've grown to see the wisdom of Dispenza's words and have found that the more I follow his suggestions, the more transformative my trips have been.
What do you think about the distinction between travel and tourism? What is "real" travel? Is one kind of travel inherently right while other options are wrong?