I’ve been on a speaking circuit this week, and so living a quasi-nomadic life. It’s a very strange experience to be shuttled between locations and across vast distances, all with only a modicum of awareness of all the places I’m scheduled to attend, persons I’ll be meeting, and expectations I will have to meet. I don’t mean to say that I don’t know why I’m travelling, or what I’ll be speaking about, but that the aspects of travel itself are often almost entire dealt with by other parties. There is no effort to determine where I need to go: someone will take me to the designated address. I don’t need to find a place to eat: I’ll be taken to where I need to eat. I don’t need to figure out where to sleep: someone else will determine that.
I contrast it with trips I take for personal relaxation and it’s a totally different experience. Tomorrow, as an example, I’ll be landing in a new place where I don’t speak the language and have no read guidance once I’m there. There are a few tent pole events — nature hikes! — but otherwise time will be entirely unoccupied with designated tasks or todos other than exploring. I actually find this kind of travel deeply uncomfortable because it feels so uncontrolled, but every time I learn a great deal more about the world, and how I should readjust my perceptions of that world.
While shuttling between places for conferences and events is intellectually stimulating it doesn’t tend to push me into uncomfortable spaces that facilitate growth. The exact opposite is true of personal travel. I half wonder, though: if I didn’t travel so often for work where things are scheduled and I’m attended to, would I prefer personal travel that had those characteristics? Would visiting resorts have some resonance if I wasn’t functionally visiting them for work on a semi-regular basis?
Great Photography Shots
I really like these simple compositions which were made with smartphones.
Music I’m Digging
Neat Podcast Episodes
Good Reads for the Week
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- The Financial Realities of Being an Olympic Medalist
- How Photographs Printed on Paper Changed 19th-Century America
- Jerry and Marge Go Large: Gaming the lottery seemed as good a retirement plan as any
- We Have to Build the Future Out of the Past
- For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers. Here’s What I Learned.
- Inside North Korea’s Hacker Army
- David Kind Glasses (Similar to Warby Parker but higher quality and made in Japan and Italy)
- Lacoste swaps famous crocodile logo for ten endangered species
- Illustrations by Ann-Sophie De Steur