“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”
No matter what your plan is when travelling, you will find other destinations. Whether you are merely wandering around a new city or trying to get somewhere, you will find extra locations and exciting things to do that you weren’t looking for!
The Quote Source
The quote is by the Jewish philosopher, Martin Buber. It is in Buber’s book ‘The Legend Of Baal-Shem’. Baal-Shem founded the religious movement of Hasidism in Eastern Europe. In the book Buber gives an account of Hasidism, in a sensitive way. He then gives twenty stories from the life of Baal-Shem. The book is the first of seven of Buber’s books on Hasidism.
Baal-Shem was received with scorn by the rabbinical society and even rejected by them. However, he gained followers from the poor and common people.
What This Travel Quote Means To Me
Quite simply, to me, this quote says that there is always something unexpected to be found when travelling. Expect the unexpected.
If you’re like me, before setting foot in a new place you’ll practically digest the guidebook! However, this does not mean that everything goes to plan and I only see and do what I have choosen from the guidebook. Extra possibilities are found after arriving. There are always ‘secret’ destinations waiting to be found!
When I reach a new city, the first thing I like to do (after dropping my gear off) is to just wander around, get ‘lost’ in the city. With no fixed destination I generally find lots of ‘hidden gems’ or ‘secret destinations’ to stop at. There’s always something to be found!
It’s so easy to get distracted when travelling and end up in places you never knew existed! These ‘secret’ destinations can often be the highlight of a trip. It’s great finding these places, it’s as if you’re meant to find them, you just didn’t know it!