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Topic: Alaska Meaningful Travel
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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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Alaska is a dream of people everywhere. Lift your eyes to its grandeur, but don't be fooled by it’s pretty face.Step into the wilderness. Step out of domestication and mediocrity (and especially of being embedded in the travel mega-industry). Throw your life into question!
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Alaska is a dream of people everywhere. Lift your eyes to its grandeur, but don't be fooled by it’s pretty face. Step into the wilderness. Step out of domestication and mediocrity (and especially of being embedded in the travel mega-industry). Throw your life into question!
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"Stay Home, Young Man"
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Stay Home, Young Man

Traveling makes men wiser, but less happy. When men of sober age travel, they gather knowledge, which they may apply usefully for their country, but they are subject ever after to recollections mixed with regret—their affections are weakened by being extended over more objects, and they learn new habits which cannot be gratified when they return home. Young men who travel are exposed to all these inconveniences in a higher degree, to others still more serious, and do not acquire that wisdom for which a previous foundation is requisite, by repeated and just observations at home.

The glare of pomp and pleasure is analogous to the motion of the blood—it absorbs all their affection and attention, they are torn from it as from the only good in this world, and return to their home as to a place of exile and condemnation.
Be good, be learned, and be industrious, and you will not want the aid of traveling, to render you precious to your country, dear to your friends, happy within yourself. I repeat my advice to take a great deal of exercise, and on foot. Health is the first requisite after morality.
 

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This is the opinion of Thomas Jefferson
"The guest wants to feel like a king. The hotel industry is feudalism."
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The guest wants to feel like a king. The hotel industry is feudalism.

The ideal of feudalism…is most strikingly expressed in the hotel industry. In exchange for his money, the affluent patron wants to feel, and is expected to feel, if not like the lord of a castle at least like a guest in one so that for the duration of his stay his boldest social dream-wish can finally be realized. Hence the attire of the reception personnel, at least of the doorman dressed in chevroned livery like a lord’s lackey; hence the manner of greeting the guest deferentially at the entrance and the fawning attention that follows for the duration of the stay. For this purpose swank hotels especially engage an authentic butler with matching mien and moustache.

"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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This is the opinion of Alexander Rustow
"Alaska means grandeur. It is a place of freedom and new beginning."
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Alaska means grandeur. It is a place of freedom and new beginning.

"There's a race of men that don't fit in,
A race that can't stay still;
So they break the hearts of kith and kin,
And they roam the world at will.
They range the field and they rove the flood,
And they climb the mountain's crest;
Theirs is the curse of the gypsy blood,
And they don't know how to rest."

"If they just went straight they might go far;
They are strong and brave and true;
But they're always tired of the things that are,
And they want the strange and new.
They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
What a deep mark I would make!"
So they chop and change, and each fresh move
Is only a fresh mistake."
Robert Service
 

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"Make your travels meaningful. Do not lose yourself in your surroundings."
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Make your travels meaningful. Do not lose yourself in your surroundings.

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

“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.”
 

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What is your Personal Experience?
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▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
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This is the opinion of Thich Nhat Hanh
"Alaska has the highest rape rate and suicide rate of any state"
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Alaska has the highest rape rate and suicide rate of any state

Alaska has the highest rape rate of any state, nearly 80 rapes per 100,000 residents. Native Alaskans make up 61% of rape victims in the state.

Alaska has the highest rate of suicide per capita in the country. The rate of suicide in the United States was 11.5 suicides per 100,000 people in 2007. In 2007, Alaska’s rate was 21.8 suicides per 100,000 people. (Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics)

Alaska has one of the highest per capita alcohol consumption rates in the nation and a rate of alcohol dependence and abuse that is twice that of the national average. In addition, approximately 30% of Alaska adults report binge drinking (having five or more drinks on an occasion) within the past month one or more time in the past month). (National Alcoholism Center)

Alaska is one of the top ten states nationwide in illicit drug use rates, including heroin, methamphetamine, OxyContin and Cocaine (The 2014 Annual Drug Report)
 

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How does it make you feel? How do your experiences, privileges, and personal interests affect your understanding of it?
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▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
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Document: Stay Home, Young Man. Thomas Jefferson
 
 
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“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

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




 
 
What You Can Do
- Travel not only for pleasure but also meaning.
- Fight the mass travel industry.
- Join others in building a more thoughtful world.
- Be accountable for the places you use.
- Invite a place to participate in Alaska Meaningful Travel. Add the Places you used on your trip, at visionarysociety.org. Join the places you use in reguarly at home. Track them in your Profile page.
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