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"The Art of Travel" by Alain de Botton

This video, which mirrors de Botton's book by the same name, is going to change the way you think about travel forever. No longer should you just think of travel as a vacation, but you should I was glad that the guy at 21:20 argued against maps and guide books. Its exactly what Jean Baudrillard would say: 'What has happened in postmodern culture is that our society has become so reliant on models and maps that we have lost all contact with the real world that preceded the map. Reality itself has begun merely to imitate the model, which now precedes and determines the real world." We have lost the ability to distinguish between artifice and nature, especially after the industrial revolution and the further advancement of technology and the internet. I am the type to plan my holidays to a T: I figure out what will see, eat, do, how I would feel. And often, that leads to disappointment. I find the best holidays are those that I have low expectations of. When you don't have expectations, you can enjoy the environment in a totally different way. And, when you come back, you look at what you have with fresh perspective!
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