Monday January 6
Why do we travel?
• All travel is either intentional (going to a specific place at a specific time), or
accidental (we just want to go somewhere, it doesn’t matter where – destination
• Space – place that has general meaning to all of us
• Place – place that has specific meaning to us
• Not much of this course is on OWL
• The lectures will be in Power Points
Gateways to Discovery
• Your experience – Your experience while travelling
• Past – Your vacation experiences in the past (you will be asked to describe your
best vacation experience in the past)
• Future – Your next dream vacation
• Class - You should listen and connect the things you learn in class with what you
already know (make a picture that makes sense to you)
• Online Text – There is information and context available on the course website
• The here and now is always contextualized by an awareness of the landscape
with which we engage
o Wherever we are, we can engaged with the landscape and the
• The environmental, economic and social dynamics of space and place at any
point in time – these are contingent upon your values, understanding, and
whether you are open to learning
• Lifelong learning is the journey of discovery to enlightenment
o An awareness of the myriad of landscapes through which we:
o There are certain places that we are happy to see once, and some that we
love to return to over and over again
Tourism is the active utilization of gateways of discovery to expand one’s engagement
with the world
• Tourism is a gateway to discovery – we use gateways to expand our engagement
• eg. Rome is a gateway to Naples, Florence, Venice (although Rome is the tourist
destination, you can travel to other places as well and expand your engagement) • Sometimes we learn consciously and we choose a space or place to explore,
experience, and linger within. Other times, our learning is by accident: we learn
despite ourselves, or from the unanticipated, the unexpected, and unknown
o We may miss opportunities for unexpected discovery if we’re not open to it
• We travel not just to learn about the places we go to, but also to learn more
o Is the ‘us’ when we travel a temporary ‘us’, or the real us if work and
money weren’t in the way?
o Are we more ourselves when we travel, or are we just experimenting with
different versions of us? Sometimes we try things and it becomes part of
who we are, and sometimes we try things and it just confirms that’s not
who we really are.
“…my destination was merely my excuse to take the trip…”
• Is the destination the reason we go, or is it just an excuse?
• One of the paradoxes of otherness is that in travel, each conceives the other to
be a foreigner.
o We think of someone different from us as being a foreigner
• Travel is a state of mind. It has nothing to do with distance or the exotic. It is
almost entirely an inner experience.
o You don’t have to go very far to be in a state of travel
• The whole point of travel is discovery, and few experiences can match the
satisfaction of such an extraordinary discovery near home.
• Travel has to do with movement and truth: with trying everything, offering yourself