Wise Words #8

by margo silver from daydream lilyphoto by amazing margo silver

This week, I’m intrigued about the idea of travelling alone. There are many reasons to do so, and I found it to be one of the most liberating experiences of my life so far. Here’s what Alain de Botton had to say about it in The Art of Travel:

“It seemed an advantage to be traveling alone. Our responses to the world are crucially molded by the company we keep, for we temper our curiosity to fit in with the expectations of others. They may have particular visions of who we are and hence may subtly prevent certain sides of us from emerging… Being closely observed by a companion can also inhibit our observation of others; then, too, we may become caught up in adjusting ourselves to the companions questions and remarks, or feel the need to make ourselves seem more normal than is good for our curiosity.”

What do you think? Does he have it right?


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  1. leavinglansdowne

    I think it’s an advantage to be travelling alone in certain situations. I prefer a mix. I think ol’ Alain is right in that it’s better to sightsee alone; you can do it at your own pace, and no-one gets bored if one person is obsessed with medieval codpieces carved out of ox-bone. And I like having the choice of being able to spend time on my own and relax without being ‘on’ all the time for other people.

    But, I DO like travelling with other people when it comes to eating and drinking. These things are much more fun when someone else is sharing the experience.

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