1 a: to go on or as if on a trip or tour: journey
b (1): pass; (2): associate
c: to go from place to place as a sales representative or business agent
2 a (1): to move or undergo transmission from one place to another; (2): to withstand relocation successfully
b: to move in a given direction or path or through a given distance
c: to move rapidly
3: to take more steps while holding a basketball than the rules allow



Travel (v.): late 14th century, “to journey,” from travailen (1300) “to make a journey,” originally “to toil, labor” (related to: travail).  The semantic development may have been via the notion of “go on a difficult journey,” but it also may reflect the difficulty of any journey in the Middle Ages.  Replaced Old English faran.  Traveled “having made journeys, experienced in travel” is from early 15th century.  Traveling salesman is attested from 1885.



“To travel is to live.” 

Hans Christian Andersen (1805 – 1875, Danish author and prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems; best remembered for his fairy tales; his popularity is not limited to children; his stories, called "evener" express themes that transcend age and nationality)

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Travel brings power and love back into your life.”

Rumi (1207-1273, 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic)

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“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” 

Anita Desai (b. 1937 Anita Mazumdar, English-language Indian novelist and author of children’s books who excelled in evoking character and mood through visual images ranging from the meteorologic to the botanical)

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“I read; I travel; I become” 

Derek Walcott (1930-2017, Poet and Nobel Laureate of the Caribbean, "whose intricately metaphorical poetry captured the physical beauty of the Caribbean, the harsh legacy of colonialism and the complexities of living and writing in two cultural worlds")

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“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.” 

Robert Louis Stevenson (Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson, 1850—1894, Scottish essayist, poet, and author of fiction and travel books, best known for his novels Treasure Island," "Kidnapped," "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," and "The Master of Ballantrae") 

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“Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you've never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.” 

Judith Thurman (b. 1946, writer and staff writer for the New Yorker magazine for books, culture, and fashion)

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“Self-consciousness kills communication.” 

Rick Steves (b.1955, American author and television personality focusing on European travel)

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“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”

Anita Desai


All of us have access to travel to worlds within worlds, and sometimes we don’t even have to travel very far.  There is so much to behold on this spectacular planet, and so much to witness via our individual lives.  We can travel simply by being, communing, reading, consuming, listening, witnessing, and/or teleporting into the stories of others.   In addition, these are opportunities to journey to alternate, extraordinary, mystical, or ordinary realities, where we are forever changed.

We can traverse many dimensions of reality by traveling abroad or by exploring different parts of own country; whereby we can immerse ourselves with different cultures, perspectives, and languages.  While in college, I traveled abroad to West Africa and to Taiwan.  Those adventures challenged and transformed me, and for the better, as did my spiritual quests out West to Oregon and Washington state.

Living in NYC as a young adult also made me stronger and taught me to socially nimble and accepting of others who were different from myself.   I also loved raising my children in the city, where they too learned too those same lessons at deeper and expansive levels.

Living in a city like New York, one is privilege to experience many worlds.  In any given day, through my daily commutes for instance, I traveled from West Harlem, to the subway’s underground worlds, through the Upper Westside neighborhood via buses, to the Upper Eastside, and down to the academic world in the Gramercy Park neighborhood, which included many different interactions with so many people from many different nationalities, cultures, and perspectives.

Travel near or far, sojourners!  It matters not where one goes.  What matters most is that you keep your eyes wide opened and enjoy the ride.

Faithfully Yours, Tonya










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