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Think before you enter into this,
This review is from: 1,000 Places to See Before You Die: A Traveler's Life List (Paperback)
Before you purchase this book and stoke a desire to leave home and see the world, take a moment to reflect on what you desire out of travel.
In "Self-Reliance," Emerson wrote: "It is for want of self-culture that the superstition of Travelling, whose idols are Italy, England, Egypt, retains its fascination for all educated Americans.... He who travels to be amused, or to get somewhat which he does not carry, travels away from himself, and grows old even in youth among old things.... The rage of travelling is a symptom of a deeper unsoundness affecting the whole intellectual action."
In "Discourse on Method," Descartes wrote: "When one takes too much time traveling, one becomes finally a stranger in one's own country; and when one is too curious about things that took place in past centuries, one ordinarily becomes ignorant of what is taking place in one's own country."
I used to have a laundry-list mentality when I travelled. I'd want to see A, B, and C just because some book told me to. But then I tried a different approach: slowing down and talking to people who lived there. If you just want to see the world as a giant circus that's made to amuse you, by all means get this book. But if you want to learn something, about a different place and about yourself, just go somewhere and talk to someone who lives there. You'll get a richer (and ironically, probably less expensive) experience than this book can deliver.