Onism- n.- the awareness of how little of the world you’ll experience
Our world is massive. There are 196 countries, spread out on 7 continents, separated by 5 huge oceans. We have deep valleys, jagged mountains, wide rivers, arid deserts, and lush jungles. There are millions of different species of flora and fauna. The people in other parts of the world live by different customs, eat different food, and speak a different language. There is too much out there. And once you realize this, you begin to feel it is impossible to see it all. Except it’s not. It’s only impossible if you don’t take risks. You have to get out of your comfort zone and get onto the next flight, boat, bus, or train to somewhere. Maybe then you will become more aware of how much awesomeness you’re missing out on.
“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.”
You have heard of the Great Wall of China. You have seen pictures of Machu Picchu. You have been told stories of Angkor Wat. But the reality is, you haven’t been there. And because you have constructed an idea in your head of what these places may be like, the truth is, you have no idea. Until you climb the Great Wall of China, until you stand atop Machu Picchu in the misty clouds, and until you feel Angkor Wat’s stones underneath your feet, you will just be left with how things may be. You have to go there, and see it to believe it.
Traipse- v.- to walk or go aimlessly or idly or without finding or reaching one’s goal.
Sometimes that is the best way to travel. To wander around a strange city or land just for the sake of wandering is a rewarding experience in its own right. That is how you find a trouvaille. You don’t need to have a specific place to see when you are traveling. Just travel, and see where it takes you.