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The Word Travel is Ambiguous - What is the Intention?

2011-07-14 06:10:45

Travel is just the trip, how do you intend to live when you arrive?

"What are you going to do when you arrive elsewhere?"

I am working on a movie project here in Guatemala, I am downloading every Travel Movie I can find right now, because I am trying to choose the Best Travel Movies. It is fun, I watch a movie, then call it a project…
"Best Travel Movies"

It is annoying project, because my definition of travel is radically different than other "Travel Writers," who in reality seldom live elsewhere. Travel Writers have romanticized travel to the point whereby travel is living a dream. Sadly, 99 percent of people refuse to admit their trip was less than a dream, and often a nightmare, they could not wait to arrive home. My lifestyle is the dream, however, only when I live in a new location for 1-3 months.

We travel from point A to point B to live, when we arrive we hope to be enlightened.

Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
(One of the perfect climates and most beautiful locations on earth.)
by Andy Graham (Gadget) of | Gadget Profile


Bill Murray talking with wise man in India, Bill is starting to learn why he traveled elsewhere in the Movie the Razor’s Edge.

The Book "The Tao of Travel," by Paul Theroux talking about Travel
- Note, the importance of elsewhere is discussed in movie "Don Quixote."

Preface: The Importance of Elsewhere
AS A CHILD, yearning to leave home and go far away, the image in my mind was of flight—my little self hurrying off alone. The word "travel" did not occur to me, nor did the word "transformation," which was my unspoken but enduring wish. I wanted to find a new self in a distant place, and new things to care about. The importance of elsewhere was something I took on faith. Elsewhere was the place I wanted to be. Too young to go, I read about elsewheres, fantasizing about my freedom. Books were my road. And then, when I was old enough to go, the roads I traveled became the obsessive subject in my own books. Eventually I saw that the most passionate travelers have always also been passionate readers and writers. And that is how this book came about. The wish to travel seems to me characteristically human: the desire to move, to satisfy

Theroux, Paul (2011). The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road

This is a screenshot from Yahoo, the internet it a great example of what motivates humans, and what are priorities are, truly getting more anal by the day.
I have many people say to me,
"Andy, you do not write about travel."
I will say,
"I often explain how to buy a plane ticket, show a map, then tell you the cost."

I know what they mean, but what can I say, there is no way I am going to do what they want. I write about living when I arrive, while in reality, many people want me to point them to an illusion, to help them foster their delusion of travel so they can justify paying thousands of dollars to be disappointed.

They want to go live a dream or fantasy, I often politely say, the best way to do that it to have sex with one of the locals, or tourist, that will give you the rush you want. Please do not over-intellectualize the feeling you are searching for:
And generally, what do people do when they arrive, they get drunk, then shag anyone close enough, then call it a spiritual moment, wrapped in tattoos and dreads.

We all travel with the hope of becoming a better person, then hang around with some real scoundrels outside, where there are no social norms in effect. The faster you travel, the less people can change you, the slower you travel, then you can learn from the locals, can you be still and listen?

Introspection is maybe you want, save your money for the most part, take a newspaper into the toilet, and call it a movement.

Yes, arriving at a destination can give you enlightenment, however only after you stay in the location for one month. Two-days of visiting a new culture is like reading the cliff notes, when you spend a month in a location, you are on the road to enlightenment, you have started to read the book.

Stay longer more than shorter, if you move fast, this means you cannot stand to be alone with yourself, and you need to run.

The Word Travel is Ambiguous - What is the Intention?