My ideas for this Explorer’s Manifesto series are still evolving.
Let me share with you my thoughts so far.
Around 2005 I got my hands on a little and lovely book named the The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton. In the book de Botton explores the motivations-behind and the methods-of travel. Intertwining theories with his own observations, he presents a framework of sorts which calls to attention the act of travel and begs us to make the most of that experience.
After reading de Botton and several of Australian author David Dale‘s books (similar subject matter, although a much more obvious sense of humour to his writing, unfortunately they seem to be all out of print now.) I was compelled to explore this concept of a Travel Framework further. I was interested in becoming more aware of the different stages of preparation for a period of travel – motivation, anticipation, perception. As well as the more practical sides of travel such as eating, sleeping, and daily activities. I really wanted to develop an awareness of these various components so that I could heighten the experience of travelling for myself.
It was around this time that I was also planning my first major trip as an adult – as we Kiwis call it, the Big O.E. (overseas experience). It is a bit of a rite of passage for young New Zealanders, and I set off for the UK with my best friend for 6 months, leaving my husband of only 3 months at home (yes, what was I thinking?! – I think that’s probably another story). During that time abroad I wrote copious amounts of notes and researched my ideas further. It was (and is) a topic of great interest to me.
Of course, upon returning home and having 3 babies in almost as many years, I promptly forgot about this interest of mine in the Traveller’s Framework. Recently however, while attempting to sort through the clutter that is my life, I rediscovered some of my musings on the topic and felt like it was something I’d love to explore again… and so the Explorer’s Manifesto series was born.
So yes, in this series, we’ll discuss Anticipation and Motivation and Missions and Perception and Recording and Eating and Staying and Memory Making (among other things).