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I’ve been doing a lot of reading and staring at maps in anticipation of our great journey. This is a quote from Alain de Botton’s book The Art of Travel which I’ve read and re-read a few times. I like it. Every sentence in his book is beautifully crafted. This paragraph resonates with me for some reason.

“If our lives are dominated by a search for happiness, then perhaps few activities reveal as much about the dynamics of this quest — in all its ardour and paradoxes — than our travels. They express, however inarticulately, an understanding of what life might be about, outside the constraints of work and the struggle for survival. Yet rarely are they considered to present philosophical problems — that is, issues requiring thought beyond the practical. We are inundated with advice on where to travel to; we hear little of why and how we should go — though the art of travel seems naturally to sustain a number of questions neither so simple nor so trivial and whose study might in modest ways contribute to an understanding of what the Greek philosophers beautifully termed eudaimonia or human flourishing.”

~ Alain de Botton, The Art of Travel, Penguin Books 2003