“Traveling; It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”
– Ibn Battuta
We are all storytellers to some extent, are we not? Writers in particular breathe life into imaginary worlds and paint pages with new lands within which others can escape from reality. Filmmakers too, are storytellers. Painters, sculptors, composers, musicians…all storytellers. But there are no stories quite as richly textured and searing and honest and beautifully landscaped as those those of the traveler…and while every writer has undoubtedly traversed a thousand plains within his own imagination, I feel it indispensable to have physically experienced as many nooks and crannies of this earth as possible.