How to invoke your instincts

"For me, travel has rarely been about escape; it's often not even about a particular destination. The motivation is to go--to meet life, and myself, head-on along the road...On the road I'm forced to rely on instinct and intuition, on the kindness of strangers, in ways that illuminate who I am, ways that shed light on my motivations, my fears. Because I spend so much time alone when I travel, those fears, my first companions in life, are confronted, resulting in a liberation that I'm convinced never would have happened had I not ventured out. Often, the farther afield I go, the more at home I feel."

Andrew McCarthy, The Longest Way Home