Sunday, November 20, 2016

Somewhere in Travel

From Ulysses to Chaucer and onward to Don Quixote, travelers have hit the road on spiritual or idealistic quests. Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn launched freedom as they rafted the Mississippi river. On foot, by wagon train, or on horseback fulfilled the individual needs for manifest destiny and desire to, "travel west young man."

Joseph Campbell called the place of travel and transition the "hero's journey." His hero leaves the safety of home and crosses into the unknown where he encounters challenges and ordeals. Jack Kerouac traveled with his fellow beat writer Neal Cassady to find a feeling of America energized by Walk Whitman's writing. Tom Wolfe teamed with Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters to bus across America.

Do you have wanderlust? 

Ponder the perspectives of geographical, mental or spiritual travel.

Where have you traveled and what did you discover? How do you prefer to explore life's avenues?

Have you ever wanted to try a vagabond or gypsy lifestyle?

Do you wonder if you had ancestors who traveled in conestoga wagons or by sailing ships?

If time travel intrigues, where would you like to visit?

Where could you become a wayfarer without directions?

If you had a mission to accomplish by traveling across the country, what would it be?

Select items to accompany you for unexpected adventures.  

Respond to the notions above and write about yourself somewhere in travel.

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