This morning I was reading a post from Ryan Holiday where he talks about a bunch of great ideas, but this time I disagree with one of them.
At one point he says….
Travel (With Purpose) — Nothing has wasted more millennial time than the cult of travel for its own sake. So you’ve been to Africa? And? So you’ve spent a month in hostels in Thailand? Yes? What did you really learn there, that you couldn’t have gotten from some other source? What did you really do? What was the purpose of any of it? Wisdom doesn’t come from going places. Not if you, as Emerson said, “brought ruins to ruins.”
I’ve been traveling and living abroad for a while, and I have to say that you start traveling without knowing what you’re gonna get.
As Paul Theroux said, “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.”
I think there’s a big difference in here.
Though I can’t talk for everybody, for me, traveling has been one of the most insightful ways to feed my creativity and understand people. Traveling is a great way to introduce yourself into another culture and see things how they see them. Nevertheless, you discover everything afterwards.
Anyway, if you don’t escape from your own environment—your comfort zone, you’ll never know what’s out there and how it might help you in the future.
Never stop exploring!
[I love your work Ryan!]