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The Joy of Travel

 by Julie Hanus

Tags: the proverbial pursuit, happiness, travel, anticipation, philosophy, realism, idealism, Alain de Botton, Heathrow Airport, Psychology Today, Julie Hanus,

paper airplane 

The word is airports: What comes to mind? The astonishing carbon footprint of a single flight, perhaps? Equipped with a standard guilty-liberal reflex, that’s what pops into my head—so I was sort of thrilled to encounter a little interview in Psychology Today that reminded me of another airport feeling: that of electric, transformative space.

Check it out: Last fall author/philosopher Alain de Botton became Heathrow Airport’s first “writer in residence,” spending a week stationed at a desk in a terminal writing A Week at the Airport: A Heathrow Diary. (From the outset, it was an intriguing exercise: Heathrow paid de Botton the equivalent of an advance, while de Botton retained creative control and the rights to the resulting book.) His chat about the experience with Psychology Today doesn’t appear to be online, so here’s the snippet that tickled me:

Of course, anticipation is just that. More food for thought from de Botton:

Source: Psychology Today 

Image by Ana Santos, licensed under Creative Commons.