Having the urge to travel is a pretty common experience. Often, we may get an itch to pack up and leave the country when we feel bored with our routine, burdened by the stresses of everyday modern life, or simply because we cannot shake the enticing prospect of new and interesting experiences. This urge to travel, however, hasn’t escaped the interest of philosophers. Indeed, one of the key aspects of any philosophy of travel must include the why of travel — and not just why people should travel or what the benefits of travel are that motivate people to travel in the first place (although these questions are important, as well). A perhaps more illuminating question may be why many of us have a strong urge to leave home and explore new places. Which is what this article aims to address.
Originally published at https://www.samwoolfe.com on August 12, 2019.