It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what it is that plants a seed in someone to want to travel. Maybe there’s an adventurous gene out there. More often than not places are sought out based on friends’ recommendations, books, movies, tv shows, posters and those alluring pictures on Flickr. I know my fascination with Istanbul – which I haven’t been to yet – was planted from a consumer marketing class that discussed the bazaars, and then there was my art and theology class that discussed the architecture. I even read a book by a famous Turkish author to only further whet my palette for the city. Whether there’s a certain chain of events that drives me to seek a place, like my fascination with Istanbul, or no particular reason I can pinpoint, there definitely exists a constant longing to see the world over. While Robert Frost’s poem may be cliché and far over used, it has always struck a chord for me (and I used it in more than one high school project). Despite the places that I want to see, this poem serves as a reminder to never stop exploring…and to always take the road less traveled. Every time I read it, it never ceases to stop triggering the inspiration to travel that runs through my blood. If you haven’t read it in awhile, it’s here below.
What inspires you to travel?
|Robert Frost (1874–1963). Mountain Interval. 1920.|
1. THE ROAD NOT TAKEN