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Old 23 Mar 2005
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I bought the "Songlines" book. Thanks for the suggestion. It's very good.
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Old 23 Mar 2005
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Looks like a prime candidate for Pseuds Corner to me.
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I was going to say "don't blame me if once you read the book you never stop traveling" but having checked out your site I can see that you are already incurable.

There are a few compilations of Chatwin's essays that contain more theoretical pieces on nomadism which I would recommend after you finish the Songlines.

Enjoy, and happy travels.

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Old 29 Dec 2005
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This is really one of the best pieces on motorcycling ever written. Really worth reading over and over again.
Thanks a lot for sharing the link, I seriously doubt if I would have found this on my own.

Please read the article on "The Motorcyclist" Here >>> http://list.gpz1100.com/themotorcyclist.htm
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You need to read this to figure out some of the things that set us apart from the rest



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Paul Theroux said something in his book, Dark Star Safari, that might explain a little why some people hunger to travel.

He said something to the effect that "routine makes time go by faster", and that he travels to break the routine and thus to get more out of life.

For those of you in a 9-5 Mon-Fri job, have you ever wondered where the year has gone to?
I know for sure that that is one of the main reasons why I travel!
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Sorry I'm late to the party, but check out "The Art of Travel" by Alain de Botton

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Why People Travel

I came across your question several years after you posted. As a travel psychologist who is currently working with other psychologists who are trying to answer this question, I would like to do two things. One is to note that there has been some research in the field of psychology that is supported by travel industry. The motivation is how to get people to travel using tourist services (e.g. airplane, trains, cruise ships etc.). There has been travel by engineering professionals who want to enhance the travel experience using different types of modes of transportation. Other social scientists (e.g. sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists) have examined the question from a variety of perspectives. In sum, the answers vary depending on the agenda of the research sponsors, the type, length and mode of travel and ultimate objective of the traveler. So there is no simple answer. The group with which I am associated, International Travel Psychology Consultants is building a web site now to address this question (along with commonly asked questions in the realm of travel psychology) for both consumers and psychologists. I will post the URL later this year when it has been published.

In the meantime you might want to look at some opinions published by Dr. Michael Brein. Just put Michael Brein in the search engine. While his responses are not empirically based he has been looking at this issue for a long period of time.
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