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Famous People Travel. So Should You.

March 27, 2008

Why travel? To get away from home. To see something new. To take pictures that will make your friends jealous. To have flings with cute boys/girls you meet on buses and boats and in hostels. To improve your collection of coasters or keychains or smashed pennies. To leave someone behind. To get to someone else. To change who you are. Ooh, wait. That’s a really good reason. And maybe to change the world? A lofty ambition, but not impossible.

Jason Mraz in AfricaHave you heard of Jason Mraz? He’s a philosopher and poet and adventurer and surfer and lover and dreamer, and he sings from time to time, which is how he pays the bills, and his travel expenses. Mr. Mraz is on tour right now and has hit up lots of exotic places. In his online journal he recently wrote about his trip to South Africa, where he was suprised to learn that people there still lived their lives behind big thick walls, protecting themselves from each other, post-Apartheid.

Jason says:

“I’m writing this today because I left there a bit shaken. I’m sure there are plenty of people in this world who like me, are not keen to all the facts and all the news there is to know. I’ve lived my whole life with an “ignorance is bliss” attitude, and for many years it worked just dandy.

I don’t expect you to save South Africa. Nor do I insist you look into adopting an orphan child. I guess I’m just hoping that by sharing my travels, you yourself will have curiosities of your own.”

Be curious. Travel. Share. Continue the cycle and suck others into it until we’re all one big jacuzzi of travelers, learning and growing and working to understand each other.

And don’t forget to buy a keychain and take a few awesome pictures while you’re at it. 

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