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Travel is an exercise partly in broadening yourself and partly in defining your own limits.

 

Reason why I try and combine what love to do and travel- learning more about myself & discovering my limits.

You never see yourself more clearly than when immersed in an entirely foreign place, where people make different assumptions about you.

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Those expectations may relate to your nationality rather than to your manner of speech, the cut of your clothing, or the indicators of your politics.

Equally, travel provides a disguise; you can feel oddly camouflaged and anonymous wrapped in the sketchy preconceptions of others. I dislike social constraints, and traveling has helped me to be free of them.

At the same time, I am also unsettled by such social anonymity. When you must learn the unfamiliar rules of a new place, to become callow again; what is prestigious at home can seem irrelevant or ludicrous abroad. You cannot rely on the weight of your opinions in a country where standards are different. You often cannot understand why something is funny or why something else is somber.

Familiar landscapes cushion you from self-knowledge because the border between who you are and where you are is porous. In a strange place, you become more fully evident: who you truly are is what persists at home and abroad. Tennyson's Ulysses said, "I cannot rest from travel: I will drink/Life to the lees." I cherished travel for the ways it stops time, forcing me to inhabit the present tense. Augustine of Hippo legendary said, "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page". That's why I've set out to be apart of the change I want to see in the world.

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