Monday, May 7, 2012

The wh5 of travel

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
Lao Tzu

Ego: Why must I travel? What does it benefit me?
Alter Ego: Adventure. (1)
Ego: Where do I have to go?
Alter Ego: An Alternative road. (2)
Ego: If I must go, then when is the best time to go?

Alter Ego: Anytime. (3)
Ego: What do I do on the way?
Alter Ego: Anything, but do observe. Observe closely. (4)
Ego: And who should I go with?
Alter Ego: Alone. Go alone, then you’re not left waiting around for anyone. (5)
wh5 is reversed.
Usually we question: who, what, where, when and why.
But this time, we go in reverse.
Why do we travel, where and when do we go, what do we do and finally, who do we go with?

Answers: Adventure, Alternative, Anytime, Anything, Alone.
Aaah! Accidental (?) Alliteration!

(1) A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are for. J. Shedd.
(2) Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the road less traveled by -  and it has made all the difference. Robert Frost.
(3) From the time I was a child, travel formed me as much as my formal education. David Rockefeller.
(4) A traveler without observation is a bird without wings. Moslih Eddin Saadi.
(5) The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready. Henry David Thoreau.


Anonymous said...

It used to be easy to travel alone. Now in a connected world, it’s harder, people expect you to stay in touch, you see all these travelers spending a lot of time in internet cafes, writing so much, like chatter.

Barry Natusch said...

Paul Theroux in "Dark Star Safari" describes his travels through Africa, from north to south, alone.

"You go away for a long time and return a different person - you never come all the way back."