Why we travel?


  1. Why travel?
  2. Why should young people travel?
  3. Why don't Americans travel?
  4. Self-imposed Isolation
  5. Long way Round / Long Way Down review
  6. A geographer's perspective

Why travel?

How does Huberman (Why Travel?) explain to her friends in Maine why she travels?

Huberman travels to see things from a different perspective.

Why should young people travel?

Comment on Peterson's why young people should travel.

I think that its really important for young people to travel. Traveling is a good way to challenge yourself, open your mind to new things, and overall it helps you grow as a person.

Why don't Americans travel?

What are some reasons why Americans don't travel.

There are a lot of reasons why Americans donít travel. Work schedules are a main reason, the work ethic culture in the U.S. prevents a lot of Americans from using all of their vacation time. The expenses of international travel can turn a lot of Americans away as well. Another reason is that many Americans are content with touring the U.S. because of its diverse geography. As someone who has been fortunate enough to do a lot of international travel, even though the U.S. is a very diverse country, I donít think anything compares to immersing yourself in a completely different culture on the other side of the world.

Self-imposed Isolation?

Each of us lives in varying degrees of isolation from the rest of the world. This isolation is both happenstance and self-imposed. If we are born in an isolated part of the world with few opportunities to travel, we will likely lead an isolated existence. Self-imposed isolation occurs when have many opportunities to see other parts of the world but choose to spend our time and resources in one tiny area. We isolate ourselves because we are afraid or uncomfortable in other parts of the world.

Describe the lives of some people you know and how they engage in self-imposed isolation.

I always had the mindset that I wanted to escape my hometown and see as much of the world as I could. In my hometown, there are many people with varying degrees of self imposed isolation though. Unfortunately, there arenít many job prospects where I grew up, one of the few options for a career in my hometown is working at a steel mill. I grew up with a lot of people that were content with just getting a job at the mill and never doing any type of traveling. Most of those same people that I grew up with ended up having families at a really young age too, so even if they could afford to travel, their money has to go to supporting their families. I did also know some folks that had the ability and freedom to travel, but were simply content staying in one place. It didnít have to do with any type of fear, they simply lacked any motivation or drive to go anywhere else.

Long way Round / Long way Down review

I hope you've enjoyed these two series. To what extent do you agree with Wallaston"s (Motorcycle Emptiness) review?

I definitely agreed with Wallastonís review. The series tried to make the journey seem harsh and dangerous, but these travelers had an entire crew assisting them throughout the entire trip.

A Missing Geographic Perspective

As a geographer, my criticism of the series is that the two motorcycle riders display little geographic knowledge. As actors, their geographic education is probably limited. Comment on a particular scene from either series where a knowledge of physical or human geography would have helped understand what they experienced.

One thing that I thought was entertaining was how the riders hadnít anticipated the lack of paved roads in Mongolia. If some more research had been done, they could have been better prepared for the dirt roads and deep sands.

Submitted by Davis Clouse on January 29, 2019.