When we travel we take our expectations with us, our prejudices, our sense of normality. We see what we see through eyes trained by home.
- Christopher Priest, The Gradual
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
- Tinder Wants to Make Emoji for Interracial Couples
- 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
It’s airline travel day! Which means purging data from my devices, ensuring I’m unable to get into accounts at the border, etc. Plus setting up communications times to let my employer know I’ve arrived, any issues that cropped up in transit, and whether a new phone or other device needs to be purchased in case my devices are removed from my sight/taken for analysis. Airline travel days are so much fun.
why cant we all have the same the world would be a better place
what the fuck italy
BUT LOOK HOW HAPPY DENMARK IS.
I just realized now 101% done our outlets look in North America and I fucking lost it
our outlets are reacting to the other outlets
Of course, when you travel it’s often the case that housing builders have multi-national outlets (looking at you, in particular, Brasil). The problem is that you often don’t know about those commonalities until you arrive with all your kit. The worst is when you mistakenly assume that outlets will generally be multi-national outlets and that turns out to not be the case (I’m looking at you, UK).
For $1,650 a month, subscribers will soon be able to fly as much as they want between four California cities, NPR’s Wendy Kaufman reports. Members (not “customers”) will be able to board as many times as they want to travel between San Francisco, Monterey, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles