I’m not a full-time traveler who hops from destination to destination each week in an attempt to post instagram-able revelations. However, I do tend to move around every few months and document some of those trips here. Since I don’t have a trust fund, I fund this lifestyle through part-time odd jobs and the practice of being frugal.
Before I started traveling, reading was my airplane. It kept curiosity alive with its 30,000 foot views. Books, often from libraries and used book stores, and eclectic websites helped me to expand beyond my hometown.
Thought Walks is one person’s attempt to give back by passing along the gift of curiosity. Founded in 2015, it promotes the cultivation of curiosity by combining an interest in learning with an interest in traveling.
Solvitur Ambulando “It is solved by walking”
Thought Walks takes inspiration from “The Wander”– those long meandering walks that don’t aim for anywhere in particular. The point is to walk.
And just like walking, thinking should take you places –through the cities and forests of the mind. The point is to have meaningful lostness.
Through a combination of independent travel and independent study, Thought Walks seeks to promote the maintenance of curiosity. Let’s call it regenerative curiosity. It grows from an understanding that education is not a process that ends when school is over, because Life is the most important school there is. Therefore, life-long learning promotes health in body, mind, and spirit.
It’s time to start walking.
“Each totemic ancestor, while travelling through the country, was thought to have scattered a trail of words and musical notes along the line of his footprints, and how these Dreaming-tracks lay over the land as ‘ways’ of communication between the most far-flung tribes.
‘A song’, he said, ‘was both map and direction-finder. Providing you knew the song, you could always find your way across country.’”
“To some, The Songlines were like the Art of Memory in reverse. In Frances Yates’s wonderful book, one learned how classical orators, from Cicero and earlier, would construct memory palaces; fastening sections of their speech on to imaginary architectural features and then, after working their way round every architrave and pillar, could memorise colossal lengths of speech. The features were known as loci or ‘places’. But in Australia the loci were not a mental construction, but had existed for ever, as events of the Dreamtime.
– Bruce Chatwin, The Songlines