This article sent to me by BetsyGlutenFreedom, made me revisit my “places I want to go on my next big adventure” list. This NYT article “Why We Travel”, speaks to why certain locations make hot spots, why others don’t, and how political atmosphere, natural disasters, etc. affect where people travel. The author makes a case for traveling to places that won’t make for a quite, peaceful tourist destination.
IN the bungling and bellicosity that constitute the back and forth of history, worsened by natural disasters and unprovoked cruelty, humble citizens pay the highest price. To be a traveler in such circumstances can be inconvenient at best, fatal at worst. But if the traveler manages to breeze past such unpleasantness on tiny feet, he or she is able to return home to report: “I was there. I saw it all.” The traveler’s boast, sometimes couched as a complaint, is that of having been an eyewitness, and invariably this experience — shocking though it may seem at the time — is an enrichment, even a blessing, one of the life-altering trophies of the road.
Currently on my list: