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Travel Where You Live

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  • A very noisy video which raises a good question but no answers. For 22 years I lived on a houseboat, and it was a trip, like camping out. I had very few possessions, plus I dealt with the elements (ice, Nor'easters;) was very aware of the seasons, phases of the moon, tides and migrations above me and below me.  That was on the edge of New York City. Now I'm a digital nomad based in Italy, but I'm not traveling for the next few months. I'm living (out of one suitcase.)
  • @DeltaWillis I'm not sure they're trying to come up with the answers - just asking the question alone is a radical enough, even revolutionary, position to adopt when it comes to popular travel culture.

    As @eurapart and @ehasbrouck mentioned in this cracking recent discussion our mainstream travel culture eulogises distant journeys to "exotic" places (i.e. the most ecological and culturally disruptive way to travel) at the expense of a more intimate understanding of our own backyards.

    Personally I think it's great to see such a stunning and well-produced film making its own small contribution to rebalancing the argument in favour of more local travel.

  • @hitriddle Sadly, in many cases the only way to fully appreciate your own backyard is to leave it and go and live somewhere else. When you return you will see your birthplace through new eyes. I've known people who grew up in the Lake District, but had never ventured onto the fells until they had lived elsewhere. However, I also know that a significant number of the locals in Chamonix venture up into the mountains. 
    Personally, I can envisage a future where we travel locally, but experience globally. We can already join hangouts with friends on the other side of the world. We can even take a tour of their houses and meet their dog via the camera and microphone on their smartphone as I did in recently in a private Hangout with @ronmader. In the future we might well be able to pilot a drone and explore a National Park in a faraway place, all via a remote internet link. Maybe my vision of the future doesn't appeal?
    It's a big topic for discussion, but certainly is a possible solution to the Holy Grail of Sustainable Travel.
  • @hitriddle You make a good point Matthew, I think the whole point is to stop looking for the solutions proposed by others and make our own. That's also a big part of why we fall for the 'far-away exotic', just following in the footsteps of others and trying to make up for our lack of experience.  (Re-)Discovering our 'back yard' and really being open minded about it instead of routine passers-by can be just as an eye-opening trip as any other.
  • @SonjaSwissLife My response to your question would be that as a result of travel I now look at life through the eyes of a traveller, wherever I am.
    I don't believe we can live the same way we travel as most people work when they are not travelling. There usually is a huge difference between leisure and work. One of the reasons most people enjoy travel is that they 'vacate' their normal work lives and go on vacation. 
  • What a beautiful video! And it points out my total ignorance of Saxony

    Frankly, the video confused me with its objective - what is a colorful treatise on local travel and experiencing the immediate and present now? Or was it a promotion for Saxony. Danke http://www.simply-saxony.com

    Either way, I loved it. Thank you so much for sharing, Sebastian Linda

  • It doesn't read as 'start where you are' it reads as 'come to Saxony'. The words are saying something different to the visual and sonic language of the film.

    It just looks like a travel commercial to me.