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Travel?

I have a question for all of you out there. It's not a trick question, I promise — just an ordinary question that I genuinely do not know the answer to. (I don't even have a guess.)

I was browsing some online personals and realized that one of the most common themes was travel. I've been vaguely aware of this before but it really sunk in due to a recent conversation I've had. People like to talk about their travels, hear about others' travels, and fantasize about future travels. Love of travel seems to be both extremely common and extremely desired.

Why?

I must be very unusual in that I seldom think about travel. I don't know where I would go or what I would do. Certainly I have the means and the opportunity to travel — I'm eligible to take my eight-week sabbatical and I can afford to go anywhere I want and stay as long as care to — but the prospect of travel simply does not cross my mind.

Why is travel so important to people that they mention it so prominently in personals? Or is "travel" just a code word for something else? (And what would that be?)

Reasoned responses, wild guesses, bad puns … I want to hear it. What's the big deal with travel?


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