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This quote by Gilbert Keith Chesterton, English writer, philosopher, journalist, art and literary critic (it's a very long resume!) is one that I suspect not everyone will agree with. It suggests that the real purpose of travel is not to discover other countries, but to return home and see your own country as a traveler would – with fresh eyes.
I'm not sure that I see my home as a foreign land when I return. Certainly, after spending time in other countries, I feel a renewed appreciation for the things that I already value at home, that may have been missing at my destination. Some comparisons are drawn, some weighing of alternatives takes place – Do I like this way of doing things more than that one? Should I incorporate this newly-discovered tradition into my life? – but I don't experience the sense of discovery that travel offers.
Maybe I haven't spent enough time in foreign lands. Yes, maybe that's the key – more travel, for longer periods of time!
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