The urge to travel. Some of us have it, some don’t. Those that do can have it more than others. To those that do, sometimes the journey is more important than the destination.
Read that again, only this time replace “travel” with “be modified”. Of course it could be applied to a great many things, which is what happens when you talk in generalities. But lets get back to the travel bug. I’ll admit I enjoy getting away, be it a road trip, camping, or hopping on a plane. No matter the destination, there’s this thrill involved in putting your life into a suitcase and leaving everything else behind.
Personally, I like to keep track of the places I’ve been. Be it little mementos, photographs, or just dots on a map. Whether the experience is good or bad, to me just being able to have the journey is enough to satisfy me. So when I see a tattoo like this one, I can’t help but think to myself, where have I been, and where would I like to go.
Obviously this is still a fresh piece, and I don’t know if it is completed or not, but just looking at it makes me want to hop on a plane. I traveled around the US this summer camping in a lot of national parks, so I think my next trip will either be spent visiting friends, or grabbing the first flight overseas and seeing where my travels take me. Of course if I ever meet the anonymous submitter of this tattoo, I may ask if I can use a sharpie to mark off all the places I’ve been.
It’s interesting to think of the ritual of travel, and how it varies for each person. Like I mentioned I try to keep some form of memento of the places I’ve been. For others, just the experience is all they need. To some, packing as much as possible is the only way to go, others pack as little as possible to allow for some freedom while going across a country. Then there’s the technology question. Which in this day and age is becoming more and more significant a question. When you travel do you bring your electronic gadgets? Obviously those travelling for work would, but what about the rest of the people? Do you “need” your iPhone if you’re hiking through the rainforest? Is your laptop vital when you’re walking the streets of Prague? These are all questions travelers are faced with now. 20-30 years ago, these weren’t even options available to those going on a journey. Have things changed so much that we can’t live without them, or is it still possible to just disappear off the grid for a while and enjoy where life takes you?
Is there a special place you’ve been to recently? Maybe one you’ve always wanted to go to? Can you point it out on the map that’s tattooed on the person above?