On the beach at Nosy Ve(Photo taken in Anakao, Madagascar, September 2015)

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page”.

Or so (apparently) said St. Augustine, if you believe the idea that someone just so happened to record the moment for posterity.

Anyway, I’ve always rather liked the expression. For one thing, it ties in nicely with another passion of mine, which is reading as much as I possibly can (and this frequently takes place during long plane rides, short bus journeys and everything in between). For another thing, I love the concept of the world as a great big book full of scratch-off pages, ready for me to go out, uncover and learn all about. Or maybe I just have too many scratch-off world maps.

I’ve heard split opinions about this particular quote, in particular the idea that it’s elitist – not everyone is able to travel the world, after all. But to me, it doesn’t say that travel is the only way to live a fulfilled life. Travel isn’t for everyone; some people are happy with the page they are on, and there is nothing wrong with that. Others can’t afford to turn the page, but that doesn’t mean they won’t have a happy life regardless. However, I DO get to travel, and I never want to forget how fortunate I am to be able to do what I love.


(Photo: Pinterest)