Mostly because it breaks up routine and sets me off keel enough that I feel challenged. The unknown unnerves me; something will always go wrong, and yet something unexpected always goes more than right.
My brother recently canceled a major 3-week trip to eastern Europe because of puppy issues. A new puppy is reason enough. They will be taking a road trip to Bend, Oregon with the dogs instead of visiting the major tourist cities in eastern Europe. I told him, "You are going to have to get some cultural, architectural, historical podcasts to listen to on your road trip. How are you going to make up for all that knowledge you would have learned (and forgotten in short order) while instead traveling with a car full of dogs?"
Cancelling that vacation trip was painful for my brother - he spent SO many hours planning it. Truth is, he planned it twice, cancelled it twice. Ouch. Puppies. For travelers, planning is indeed half the fun, but getting out there and spontaneously changing all those plans is even more fun.
A number of friends recently encouraged me to head to Canada to photograph some bike races up yonder. I still think of myself as a writer, so I replied, "But what would I write about, "Gee this is beautiful"? I have never been to those cities for a bike race before." I am not sure why I believe I need expertise to go someplace. Travel is about discovery, after all.
So instead I am home, in Denver, trying to figure out where to plant my massive collection of photographs online. It has been on my to do list for about two and a half years. In so building a new photo site, I began browsing over travel quotes and found some doosies. Quotes are cool, here are a few:
“Too often. . .I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.” – Louis L’Amour.
“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” – Susan Heller.
“Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.” — Peter Hoeg
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Scott Cameron
“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” — Lawrence Block
“Every exit is an entry somewhere else.” – Tom Stoppard
“If God had really intended men to fly, he’d make it easier to get to the airport”. – George Winters
I am very sorry Jens Voigt about your travails yesterday in having to pay to fly your bike on an airplane. Welcome to retirement, welcome to the real world of the traveling cyclist! Traveling with a bike is a nightmare, no getting around it -- unless you are Jens Voigt. So next time Jens, I suggest you find a Trek bike store in the town you are visiting, make their day by stopping by, and make your day by borrowing one of their bikes! It is much cheaper and they will probably sell a few bikes. twitter.com/thejensie
Had an argue with people behind desk- he goes" you have a second bag- 122,-€" and i go " No-look at your book- it says sportsequipment.41 €
— Jens Voigt (@thejensie) September 1, 2014