Are you traveling or fleeing?

Are you traveling or fleeing?

Tim Ferriss posted an interesting article about traveling. In my opinion traveling is the best way to get in touch with other cultures, to see, learn and adopt their good habits. We can broaden our horizons so much by having an open mind. That´s why I want to share this worth discussing article.

The author of the original article is Ryan Holiday and he talkes about his reasons for traveling, especially the difference between traveling and fleeing and some rules to get the best out of it. His opionion that most people are fleeing instead of traveling is a great and provocative basis for a discussion.

elephantRyan Holiday makes an pretty offensive statement right at the beginning of his article:

It’s hard for me see anything to envy in most people who travel. Because deep down that is what they are doing. Fleeing themselves and the lives they’ve created. Or worse, they’re telling themselves that they’re after self-discovery, exploration or new perspectives when really they are running towards distraction and self-indulgence.

In the end he closes his article with the following:

Travel should not be an escape. It should be part of your life, no better or no worse than the rest of your life. If you are so dissatisfied with what you do or where you live that you spend weeks and months figuring out how to get a few days away from either, that should be a wake-up call. There’s a big difference between *wanting* a change in scenery and *needing* to run away from a prison of your own making.

Even though it´s pretty provocative it´s a profound thought …

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