Why We Fly: The Meaning of Travel in a Hyperconnected Age (Kindle Single)

Why We Fly The Meaning of Travel in a Hyperconnected Age Kindle Single What is the true meaning of travel today Why do so many people pack themselves into planes climb into trains and drive cars out to so many far off destinations In short why do we fly To go by most g

  • Title: Why We Fly: The Meaning of Travel in a Hyperconnected Age (Kindle Single)
  • Author: Evan Rail
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • What is the true meaning of travel today Why do so many people pack themselves into planes, climb into trains and drive cars out to so many far off destinations In short, why do we fly To go by most glossy travel magazines, traveler is a synonym for wealthy person, and travel is presented as one of the greatest luxuries, a pleasurable font of fascinating new experieWhat is the true meaning of travel today Why do so many people pack themselves into planes, climb into trains and drive cars out to so many far off destinations In short, why do we fly To go by most glossy travel magazines, traveler is a synonym for wealthy person, and travel is presented as one of the greatest luxuries, a pleasurable font of fascinating new experiences But this is nearly the very opposite of what travel used to mean, with the word travel coming to us from travail, a painful and laborious effort, which itself descended from the trepalium, a three legged torture device from the Medieval Era Victims of the trepalium were tied to its three stakes and burned alive Etymologically, at least, travel is very close to torture And for some, travel remains quite torturous today an excruciating series of cookie cutter hotels and boring departure lounges, rather than the life of endless new discovery often promised to us by airline commercials The author of than 70 travel articles for The New York Times and a regular contributor to travel magazines, Evan Rail questions the meaning of the journey from the perspective of a travel insider, finding unexpected pleasures in the worst moments on the road and asking very serious questions about the meaning of travel today When just about everything is available everywhere, what is the point of packing ourselves into aluminum tubes and shipping ourselves to the other side of the earth Why, in fact, do so many of us fly and drive and ride And just what kind of jerk was Petrarch, anyway A 30 page lyric essay, Why We Fly is a humorous and erudite investigation into the point of going anywhere at all, beginning with the author s not so successful road trip out to the hinterlands of Hungary in a beat up car from the communist era, and finishing with a personal reflection on the nature of love and family.

    One thought on “Why We Fly: The Meaning of Travel in a Hyperconnected Age (Kindle Single)”

    1. Amusing, heart-warming little essay relating the author's take on why we leave the comforts of home to endure the travails of travel.

    2. There are some well phrased sentences in this essay that give a good reflection of the beauty of travel. Mostly, it's an interesting, OK collection of thoughts and memories of a travel writer.

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