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Today I think of travel as anything that extends ones realm of experience or expands ones lexicon of acquired convictions -- and occurs beyond the backyard thus distinguishing it from reading It is a moment that comes when we are out of our element and allows us to see or feel or think anew I grow weary of people who declare that travel is dead who complain about McDonalds in Paris and go off to Namibia in order to avoid being a tourist Its like saying experience is finite Yet if you go to the McDonalds and meet some locals maybe wrangle a tour of the city or an invitation for coffee youre more of a traveler than those who fly into Windhoek and book a group safari A vivid childhood travel moment for me was visiting the home of a friend who lived not as I did in a leafy suburban development but on a narrow street of modest row houses a block back from South Main As we walked through the living room his father put down the evening paper and told his younger brother who was sprawled on the floor struggling with his homework Spelling is bullshit The language and the sentiment were so alien to everything I associated with parental guidance and middle-class home life that I felt as if I were in a foreign land And I was and it was exhilarating --Thomas Swick A Way to See the World 2003 Note Thomas Swick who I interviewed at RolfPottscom late last year is in my opinion one of the best travel writer-editors in America He edits the travel section of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and his second book A Way to See the World From Texas to Transylvania with a Maverick Traveler was released this month by the Lyons Press Posted by Rolf on September 22 2003 0310 AM Comments The fact of the matter is that
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