Via – Mental Floss
I’ve been thinking about the topic of travel a lot lately. This need always happen early Spring when I can start to feel the arrival of warmer weather. This also stirs the travel bug but I’m not sure about others but I’m feeling that traveling is turning into a bourgeoisie pass time. Every day we hear more and more of the atrocities happening in the world, food shortages, water shortages, war etc… which makes the idea of traveling around the world seem petty and selfish.
These vintage posters from the Library of Congress remind me of the importance of traveling. We were encouraged at the turn of the century to venture into the world. To explore with the intention of coming home more empathetic, educated, inspired and grateful. We head off to travel with thoughts of warm beaches, beautiful cities, breath-taking mountains and a feeling of freedom but always come home with the bonus of having been inspired and hopefully a bit more empathetic. Poet Cesare Pavese says it perfectly –
Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.”