Mobility is the first, prehistorical human condition

“Contemporary life is perhaps unprecedented in the scale, quantity and global organization of modern journeys, and yet it is clear that travel is not a new human experience. Mobility is the first, prehistorical human condition; sessility (attachment or fixation to one place), a later, historical condition. At the dawn of history, humans were migratory animals. Recorded history — the history of civilization — is a story of mobilities, migrations, settlements, of the adaptation of human … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Mobility is the first, prehistorical human condition  | June 10, 2013
Category: Travel Quote of the Day

The echoes of war remain

My travels in northern France have always provided vivid reminders of the battle for Normandy, which raged from D-Day through the summer of 1944. Though partially healed by the decades, scars still remain in the rolling countryside, picturesque villages, and gentle beaches.

Sixty-nine years ago today, the Allies waded ashore on the beaches of Normandy, France, and began the liberation of Europe from Hitler. A US veteran of the Normandy campaign said recently, “Out of … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | June 6, 2013
Category: Adventure Travel, Europe, Notes from the collective travel mind, Travel Writing

On the internet & experiences, apples and dragon fruit

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It has occurred to me that the internet is, perhaps, the single greatest boon to the traveling world and, simultaneously, the biggest detriment. 

On the one hand, the ability to keep in touch with the people who matter and are left behind, the ability to quickly search destination focused information, the ease of book tickets: plane, train, event or movie in just about any … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (8)  | June 4, 2013
Category: Travel Tech

Sometimes we travel to view the kinds of things we ignore at home

“We travel long roads and cross water to see what we disregard when it is under our eyes. This is either because nature has so arranged things so that we go after what is far off and remain indifferent to what is nearby, or because any desire loses its intensity by being easily satisfied, or because we postpone whatever we can see whenever we want, feeling sure we will often get around to it. Whatever … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (4)  | June 3, 2013
Category: Travel Quote of the Day