“Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsicqualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.”
Freya Stark, British explorer and travel writer
It is time for a quote once more. This is a truly inspiring one as it sets traveling in coherence with writing. It is not what we see while traveling that is important, it is how we see it, and how we describe it to others. Fascinated by the stories of the Arabian Nights as a kid, Freya Madeline Stark frequently traveled the Middle East from 1927 on – being one of the first non-Arabic people to visit the region she wrote many inspiring books about her travels. She became famous as an explorer with her work on the “Valleys of the Assassins”, a study of the Hashashin (or Assassin) living in western Iran in 1931. Remarkably, Stark drew a sharp difference between travel and tourism, saying that “one can only really travel if one lets oneself go and takes what every place brings without trying to turn it into a healthy private pattern of one’s own and I suppose that is the difference between travel and tourism”.