“Now you can almost curate your whole experience based on the images you see online, and it’s an unnatural approach to travel. It makes me wonder what happened to exploration.”
“Human brains tend to remember what’s novel, or new. If the story of your life doesn’t change much over time, you’ll be less likely to remember certain details. This is essentially why life flies by even if the days seem to last forever.”
We could call this strange geography created by technology ‘AirSpace.’ It’s the realm of coffee shops, bars, startup offices, and co-live / work spaces that share the same hallmarks everywhere you go: a profusion of symbols of comfort and quality, at least to a certain connoisseurial mindset. Minimalist furniture. Craft beer and avocado toast. Reclaimed wood. Industrial lighting. Cortados. Fast internet. The homogeneity of these spaces means that traveling between them is frictionless, a value that Silicon Valley prizes.
Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness, natives give it solidity and continuity, but the settlers give it passion.
Travel posts have a reblog:like ratio of 1.79. Posts get nearly twice as many reblogs as likes, so this is a highly amplified topic. In general, most Tumblr content gets a pretty even number of reblogs and likes, so travel posts seem to get more reblogs than likes when compared to an average Tumblr post.
Travel is like a good, challenging book: it demands presentness—the ability to live completely in the moment, absorbed in the words or vision of reality before you. And like serious reading itself, travel has become an act of resistance against the distractions of the electronic age, and against all the worries that weigh us down, thanks to that age.
There is now one Airbnb listing for every six hotel rooms in New York City alone.