I love to travel, but hate to arrive.
― Albert Einstein
We all know Albert Einstein was just about the smartest guy the world ever knew. And now we can say we are just like him!
This quote is a familiar feeling for many who enjoy the movement and art of travel itself:
- Robert Louis Stevenson
- I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.
- T. S. Eliot
- The journey not the arrival matters.
- Lao Tzu
- A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
We’ve all known – or maybe been – that person who just can’t stay still. Every time we turn around, they’re off again to a new land, a new adventure. For some, it’s an insatiable curiosity and undying need to know what’s just around the bend. For others, it’s a quest to find themselves. Still others seek to lose themselves in the anonymity of travel.
We think most of the above fit us, too. But, unlike Einstein, we love to arrive. We don’t see arrival as an end to a journey, but a transition. When we arrive someplace new, we get right to work exploring our new surroundings. When we arrive back home, it’s time to plan our next move. It is all part of the great affair.
What about you? Is the great affair to move, or can you not wait to arrive?
About Albert Einstein, the Traveler
Albert Einstein was not only a genius, he was a traveler, though not always by choice. As a world-famous physicist, he was perhaps the originator of today’s working nomads. Einstein traveled, worked, and spoke across Europe and the United States in the 1920s and ‘30s. His travels through Asia, Palestine, and Spain were recounted in his diaries, published in May 2018.
Born in the German Empire, he left for good when the Nazis placed a $5,000 bounty on him, and listed him as an enemy of the German regime “not yet hanged.” Einstein announced he would not return to Germany. He lived for a time in Belgium and England, but spent more than five years stateless, a citizen of the world but of no nation. He later became a citizen of Switzerland and, later still, the United States.
About the Picture
Union Station, New York, is the scene of constant movement. The comings and goings of New Yorkers and visitors from all over the world pass through the great hall, from one train to another, and out to the city that never sleeps.
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