Travel for Travel’s Sake

by Ekua on February 6, 2012 in backpacking,general travel,movies with movement,why i travel

If you follow my blog regularly, you may have realized that I have a penchant for the journey aspect of travel — all the things you see and experience while moving from one point to another. The points might be what have attracted me to a place, but I love the discovery — self or cultural — that occurs in the process of getting there.

The internet is saturated with short travel videos that focus on the said points, many of them full of beautiful image after beautiful image, many of them in time lapse form. But when it comes to actual travel, how realistic are these videos? So much of travel is the movement; the in betweens are often the meat of it.

One of the first things that struck me about this video was how much watching it felt like travel feels for me. Sometimes it’s sublime moments in beautiful famous places, but much of it is exploring a new place propelled by my own feet and the unique people you meet along the way and sometimes being crowded in a boat with other tourists who signed up for the same thing and adjusting to another country’s way of moving about and looking at the world through a dirty window and seeing it for what it is, but still finding beauty in it and in the process of moving.

And then the last stretch, that bittersweet, wistful, exalted arrival at home; not always choreographed to such gorgeous melodies, but a gorgeous moment, nevertheless.

Life, In Between by J. William Young.
 

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson

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Fly Girl February 8, 2012 at 8:52 am

What a wonderful video! It really captures the process of travel and the episodes that make up all those memories. This makes me want to video my next trip.

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Ekua February 8, 2012 at 6:53 pm

People are getting creative with short travel videos and I think it’s great the way the internet provides a way for people to share and discover them. Looking forward to seeing your future videos if you decide to take that on 😛

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Marsha February 8, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Beautiful. Everything I love about travel.

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Ekua February 8, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Yeah, it’s a really good summary of a certain way to travel. And I like the story behind the music- he met the singer while he was on this trip, pretty cool.

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