Academic journal article et Cetera

The Art of Travel

Academic journal article et Cetera

The Art of Travel

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Alain de Botton. The Art of Travel. New York: Vintage, 2004.

Travel does not have to entail long distances. Alain De Botton notes that in 1790, Xavier de Maistre took a trip around his bedroom, an account of which he would later title Journey Around My Bedroom. Gratified by his experience, eight years later de Maistre embarked upon a second journey. This time he traveled by night and went as far as the window ledge; the literary result was called Nocturnal Expedition Around My Bedroom.

Like de Maistre, the author of The Art of Travel believes that one can find opportunities to learn about and appreciate the world without going great distances. You can travel down your block, in your neighborhood, or through your town, and experience beauty and wonder. The trick is to have a curious and receptive state of mind.

Of course, there are some advantages in traveling away from familiar places. You can engage in affable conversations with strangers on planes, ships, or trains. …

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