Why do we travel? #5

Posted on September 1, 2010


Today’s ‘Why do you travel?’ post pretty much speaks for itself, and I think Jason of Alpaca Suitcase does a wonderful job at capturing the mirror-like quality of travel. Read on…

Jason @ Alpaca Suitcase

Travel is a mirror.

In my early 20’s, before I had ever left my country (USA), I watched a French movie called “Le Salaire de la Peur” in New York City.  I liked the movie, with its Hitchcock-like suspense turns and stark black and white imagery but I was confounded by the tragic ending where Yves Montand, after successfully completing his mission, accidentally drives off the cliff and the credits roll.  “What’s wrong with the French…why so pessimistic?” I asked myself.

 (Fast forward through 3 years of backpacking through 40 countries and understanding more about the world and how it views my country)

I watched the movie again in my early thirties and enjoyed it just as much as the first time, but this time the ending didn’t seem out of place.  I understood better that I was a product of my country’s culture (and Hollywood “happy endings”) as well as its fortunate geography and short history.

Sometimes you need a mirror to see yourself.  

-Text and Photography byJason @ Alpaca Suitcase, hosted on www.travelwithdenden.wordpress.com