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Why We Travel

“Traveling is a way to reverse time, to a small extent, and make a day last a year — or at least 45 hours — and traveling is an easy way of surrounding ourselves, as in childhood, with what we cannot understand.”

I found this line interesting from Iyer’s essay because he’s explaining how traveling can make us feel innocent again. The unknown makes us revert back to ways of childhood when we didn’t know what was coming. People tend to act more like themselves when going to an unknown space. We become more polite and notice the small things about our surroundings. When Iyer says that traveling makes a day last longer, he means that individuals tend to notice every little thing about the area around them because they are out of their daily routine. We absorb all the things in that culture that are different from ours. I think his interpretation of having a new innocence is interesting because people always tell you what different places are like. However, when you go there, looking at it from your perspective is always much different from other views.