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The True Meaning of Travel

“But for the rest of us, the sovereign freedom of traveling comes from the fact that it whirls you around and
turns you upside down… your bedroom broadcasting propaganda every morning at dawn,
and you, as they do, have your radios fixed so as to receive only a single channel).”


This passage really hit the nail on the head when truly defining what traveling means. Pico sums it up perfectly here. As a traveler, one is not going to another country or place because they want to see something, they go because they want to feel, hear, and experience the culture of a place that could be entirely different from theirs, which it most likely is. Particularly in China, halfway around the globe, there is little culture similarities between the United States and China, and it is going to be quite the culture shock. However, Pico, and I agree with him, says that culture shock is what traveling is all about. Merely going to China to see The Great Wall of going to France to see the Eiffel Tower is stunning and amazing, but the tourists who do such things are not getting the true culture of the place they are going to. That can lead to one question: why even go?