I think I am drawn to travel partly because of the heightened sense of presence that I feel when doing so. Travel requires me to let go into the present, and it this that I find very striking. I like how many things, things that I thought were important, lose their constant and distracting grip on my psyche. These little things are slowly—and sometimes not so slowly—replaced with what I know in my body is truly important. And that is to stay awake in this life, to stay present, as fully present as possible. And to live as fully as possible. This is not easy. One need not travel to learn this—but this is what I am learning by traveling.