I don’t travel, I never took a plane : I know I’m wrong. I knowwww!
I like to read books; though (I’m an astronomer, not an astronaut) about traveling.
Every tourist will say he’s “not a tourist”, but each good traveling authors speaks about other things than local shopping or visiting “what you have to see”. Carrière tells us that he founds many beautiful things in Agra, India, which are NOT the Taj Mahal. And there are others things to see in Paris than Le Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.
Deleuze says that traveling authors always finish by saying they were seeking… a father. Beckett has a character who says something like “We are stupid, but not stupid enough to travel as a leisure”.
Proust says that we travel to check something. Mmhhh?
I would imagine, like Deleuze again, an immobile travel. Or a VERY SLOW travel.
So I like to read about these. And I like to prepare a good inner travel, too. With books and Internet, you can travel through the American Civil War, or the French Revolution, the life of Faulkner or Bartok, Stanley Kubrick movies or whatever. Choose your study. It’s a travel. Learning a language too. I had a friend who travelled through India, learned the language, and got married there. Good!
OK, I’ll get a passport.
Have a nice day!