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Using Travel Tips From A 17th Century Philosopher in 2010

Posted by Yoshita Singh on July 1, 2010

As I venture out of my house to explore the bylanes of Boston, I am reminded of an essay that I had studied 6 years ago for my Masters in English program in India. It was the essay ‘Of Travel’ by 17th century philosopher Francis Bacon.

Now when I read it, the language sure seems archaic. But the message Bacon conveys in it is as relevant today as it was centuries ago when he had written it.

One line that I particularly like in the essay is “Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.” So true, I would say. What I find fascinating when I travel through a city is how communities from across the world make a new town their home. They bring their cultures – food, language, traditions – with them making the city a mini-world in some sense.  

The Irish neighborhoods, China towns, mini Indias – one gets a peak into the life and culture of so many countries just by travelling through a city’s lanes. That sure is some experience. 

Another interesting point that Bacon makes has been paraphrased by travel writer Rolf Potts. It reads “while travelling, one should seek varieties of experience, even within a single location.”

As I hop on to a bus – I feel public transports are a great way of seeing the bylanes of a city, you don’t have to bother about parking or staying in the right lane – I’ll be on the lookout for some hidden gems tucked away. Looking forward to adding one more experience  in my life this day.


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