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Brianne Lee

Adventure Exploration and Risk


Research Paper

"We travel, initially to lose ourselves; and we travel next, to find ourselves." A quote by Pico Iyer which describes that when we voyage out on a journey, we unknowingly open our hearts and eyes, learning more about the world than one ever could by simply watching the six o'clock news. In a sense, travel leads us to a greater stability of intelligence and empathy. The ability to not only see the world more distinctly, but to actually feel it as well. The beauty in travel is the magnificence of leaving behind ones ideals and certainties of home, and the potential to see everything we thought we knew in a whole different light. It whirls us around showing sights and ideas we may have otherwise ignored; as well as aspects of ourselves we might have never even known. Abroad is the place were one can follow instinct and find ourselves as naive as when we are in love.

Traveling allows us to recreate ourselves. Even if for a fraction of a second, we can forget about our past and future, granting us the potential to live fully in the moment. As a women by the name of Miriam Beard describes, "travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living."

Everyone has a specific reason for traveling. For some, it is solely for the purpose of relaxation and pleasure. Others travel with the motive of seeking adventure and high-risk. These two types of individuals differentiate greatly. What gives people the desire to participate in high-risk activities, where others feel absolutely no need to do so? As you meet new people and learn where they've been, you begin to...