Conversations on Travel: Discussion 1
During the recent themed discussions on the present moment and enjoying the nuances of life, I began thinking about how traveling motivates a deeper awareness for the world around us, and that this awareness certainly trickles into our lives when we are not traveling. Such awareness encourages a mindfulness towards the subtleties of the everyday that I’ve been musing on the last few weeks. Therefore, mindfulness becomes a major part of traveling and living. I think it’s this conversation on mindfulness that can inform our understanding of the ethical approaches we need for traveling.
On my responsibility page for this blog, I wrote the following as a framing device for the way I approach travel:
“Many of my blog entries, particularly those while abroad, discuss the ethics of travel, the intrusion we can have as travelers on other cultures, and the impact (both negative and positive) we have on the places we wander. I don’t think there’s a clear science to how we approach travel, but I think understanding local cultures and customs and histories (particularly those where our home country is involved) is a first step. I think it’s also fundamental to always be aware of who we are, where we are, and to be thinking over these issues and impacts. Yes, it is most lovely to wander and get lost and drift into a dreamy state of travel, but even in these moments, we owe it to ourselves, and to the places and people where we travel, to remain conscious of the profound affect of our footsteps.”
I want to commence “Conversations on Travel,” a new series on this blog that motivates a discussion between readers and writers. So as summers of wandering near, I’m intrigued to begin a conversation this week about our travel ethics. What are your ethics when you travel through the wilderness? In your hometown? To some far away land?