Travel, we believe, is a tricky word. It is one that has been hijacked by a world so accustomed to reducing unique experiences to sound bites and marketable products. If travel to you is synonymous with fixed itineraries, with cosmopolitan cities, and with sitting still, then you’re doing yourself a great injustice. Why we call them journeys, you ask? Well, because a “journey” is a word we will do right by.
Our belief in movement is imperative. In nature, everything is in constant flow, so if you wish to adopt its serenity and calmness; you need to become one with it. Move with nature, because a journey isn’t an external experience, it’s an internal one. It has all the characteristics that would have you believe it is, it has music, color, and good food, but it also has gushing rivers, hills of greenery, glaciers of ice, and sometimes a summit. We may throw this word around a lot, but only because it means so much more to us than a mountain top. A summit is a point in time, where you fill up your lungs till you feel the air in your belly and exhale the long, exhausting trip to the top, because you are there, and you can take in the tide wave of relief. It’s a place, not a physical one, where you can feel the wind on your back, your muscles so sore, you’re brain so emotionally exhausted, because as you were looking up your mountain, you didn’t believe you could do it. There you are though, you’ve done it, you are stronger and more capable than you thought you were, and there’s no greater feeling. On a journey, you carry your own backpack of burdens; carry it all the way to the top. It makes you swindle, and it might throw you off balance, but you push to the summit with the reassurance that when you come back down, you are a changed person.
When asked why he climbed Everest George Malloy said 'It is of no use. “There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever. Oh, we may learn a little about the behavior of the human body at high altitudes, and possibly medical men may turn our observation to some account for the purposes of aviation. But otherwise nothing will come of it. We shall not bring back a single bit of gold or silver, not a gem, nor any coal or iron... If you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won't see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to live. That is what life means and what life is for.”