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Make your travels meaningful
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Make your travels meaningful

- Travel not only for pleasure but also meaning.
- Support meaningful businesses.
- Join your fellow travelers in building a more thoughtful world.
- Learn about the places you visit.
- Contribute to the communities you see.
- Improve the mass travel industry (need suggestions about how to do this!)
- Be accountable for the places you use during your trips.
- Use money thoughtfully and locally.

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Build understanding, beauty and spirituality in practice.
 
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Travel is not just about having fun. It can also be a way to challenge preconceptions, lift your imagination, prepare oneself for a more important future, and help others.

- Be accountable for the places you use during your trips.
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“A man who stays the night in a strange place is still a member of the human community, and still needs company. There is no reason why he should creep into a hole, and watch TV alone, the way he does in a roadside motel.” A Pattern Language
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“A man who stays the night in a strange place is still a member of the human community, and still needs company. There is no reason why he should creep into a hole, and watch TV alone, the way he does in a roadside motel.” A Pattern Language

“May travelers upon the road
Find happiness no matter where they go,
And may they gain, without the need of toil,
The goals on which they set their hearts.”
“May those who put to sea in boat or ship
Attain the ports that they desire,
And may they safely come to shore
And sweet reunion with their kith and kin.” 24
The Way of the Bodhisattva, Shantideva

 “To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. Freya Stark

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” Mark Twain

“Though you may travel the world to find the beautiful, you must have it within you or you will find it not.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Two roads diverged in a woods, and I –, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” Paul Theroux

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” Bill Bryson

“Do not lose yourself in dispersion and in your surroundings. Practice mindful breathing in order to come back to what is happening in the present moment. Be in touch with what is wondrous, refreshing, and healing, both inside and around yourself. Plant the seeds of joy, peace, and understanding in yourself in order to facilitate the work of transformation in the depths of your consciousness.” From Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace is Every Step, ‘Fourteen precepts of the order of inter-being’


 
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When traveling is made too easy and comfortable, its spiritual meaning is lost.
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When traveling is made too easy and comfortable, its spiritual meaning is lost.

“The modern spirit of scientific analysis leaves no mystery unraveled, and poetry and Haiku do not seem to thrive where there are no mysteries. The trouble with science is that it leaves no room for suggesting, everything is laid bare, and anything there to be seen is exposed. Where science rules the imagination beats a retreat.
We are all made to face so-called hard facts whereby our minds are ossified; where there is no softness left with us, poetry departs; where there is a vast expanse of sand no verdant vegetation is made possible. In Basho’s day, life was not yet so prosaic and hard-pressed. One bamboo hat, one cane to wander about with, stopping for a while in any hamlet which struck his fancy and enjoying all the experiences, which were mostly the hardships of primitive traveling. When traveling is made too easy and comfortable, its spiritual meaning is lost. This may be called sentimentalism, but a certain sense of loneliness engendered by traveling leads one to reflect upon the meaning of life, for life is after all a traveling from one unknown to another unknown. In the period of sixty, seventy, or eighty years allotted to us we are meant to uncover if we can the veil of mystery. A too smooth running over this period, however short it may be, robs us of this sense of Eternal Loneliness.” Suzuki, Zen Buddhism, 285


 
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