Not all who wander are lost

“This wasn’t a strange place; it was a new one.”
― Paolo Coehlo  

Why do you travel? Is it to get lost or to find yourself? Is it to find answers or to raise new questions? Is it to escape the known and find comfort in the unknown? Or is it because you want to experience the world — outside your own?

The minute you stop thinking ‘holiday’, that’s when your journey truly begins. You don’t always have to buy a ticket or book a hotel to explore a place. Adventures can begin in your backyard or local street. Your feet or bike can be your trusted companions and your soul — your guide.

in 2013, we set on a week long trip around Iceland. We came across all kinds of travellers on our trip. Some were just like us and some not quite. And, the more ground we covered, the more I realised that there is no ‘written-code’ for travelling. Capturing the transience of life — that comes with travel — doesn’t always require a notebook or camera. More often than not, it just takes a little willpower — to do something that you haven’t done before.

The Cyclist

“The journey is part of the experience – an expression of the seriousness of one’s intent. One doesn’t take the A train to Mecca.”
― Anthony Bourdain

 

The Captain

“I heard an airplane passing overhead. I wished I was on it.”
― Charles Bukowski

 

The Explorer

“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.”
― Robert Louis Stevenson

 

The Camper

“The journey itself is my home.”
― Bashō Matsuo

 

The Runner

“The farther you go, however, the harder it is to return. The world has many edges, and it’s easy to fall off.”
― Anderson Cooper

 

The Skipper

“Whither will my path yet lead me?

This path is stupid, it goes in spirals, perhaps in circles, but whichever way it goes, I will follow it.”
― Hermann Hesse

 

The Photographer

“Traveling outgrows its motives. It soon proves sufficient in itself. You think you are making a trip, but soon it is making you – or unmaking you.”
― Nicolas Bouvier

 

The Backpacker

“Everything I was I carry with me, everything I will be lies waiting on the road ahead.”
― Ma Jian

The Hostel Entertainer

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
― Marcel Proust

 

The Biker

“Serendipity was my tour guide, assisted by caprice”
― Pico Iyer

 

 

31 responses to “Not all who wander are lost

  1. Terrific thought provoking posts about travel. For me it is about the adventure of discovering new places, new cultures new people new land. “Variety is the spice of life”.

    Nothing gets me more excited than arriving in a new country because the learning curve is so high. So much to discover!

    Terrific post!

    Peta

    • You say it well, Peta. New places are definitely a great way to learn about new cultures and places. I think that is one just one of the perks of being a traveller. To transform with the terrain we visit. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

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  3. I so love this! I am a wanderer, a gypsy, a free spirit searching for roots, one who tried to be tamed and escaped from convention.. it’s exhilarating, it’s terrifying, it’s liberating, and it’s sometimes very lonely. Your words were a gift. Thank you!

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  5. Well said, there is no rule about traveling, everyone experience it differently. There is not science behind this, and I love that freedom! The important is that people build up experience and enjoy themselves! There is no right or wrong way when it comes to traveling. I must say that I’m really pissed off when I read some blog posts about “traveling is not going on holiday, traveling is a state of mind” 😀

    During a team meeting at work we had to quote something that represents you, and I use that exact sentence: Not all who wander are lost. It fits me perfectly.. also about moving country, career choice, you know, it can apply to many things in life.

    • Thanks for your comment, Gin! I was wondering if readers got what I was actually trying to say. You know, when we started travel was always an escape for me. I think it still is. But, I’ve seen so many kinds of travellers (through blogs too) and I’ve changed my perception of what travel is and can be to different people. You’re right, there is no right way (I learned that after a long time) and each experience is as memorable as the previous or next. J.R. Tolkein surely had a way with words and even if I could never read, “Lord of the Rings”, (this quote is from the book), it’s something I can truly relate to as well. Like yourself, I’m in another country and am still confused what I want to do in life! Nothing comes easy I guess. 🙂

    • I was wondering if I was able to effectively communicate the thought behind the post. Your comment puts my fears to rest. When we started as travellers, I always thought: there is only one way (the right way) to travel. And as we evolved, I realised that we’re all travellers in a way, even if we go from point A to point B, there’s an experience there. 🙂

  6. I just started to follow your blog and I love it. Your use of thought-provoking questions and quotes really emphasize how traveling can mean many things to a wide range of people; very cool 🙂

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