This was a nice travel piece in the New York Times on 7 July 2012. Here are a couple of excerpts that resonated with me:
When we travel … we are asking for hospitality. There’s great vulnerability in this. It also requires considerable strength. To be a good guest — like being a good host — one needs to be secure in one’s own premises: where you stand, who you are. This means we tend to romanticize travel as a lonely pursuit. In fact, a much deeper virtue arises from the demands it makes on us as social beings.
Travel is a search for meaning, not only in our own lives, but also in the lives of others.
…[It] should be an art through which our restlessness finds expression. We must bring back the idea of travel as a search.