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Today’s travel quote comes from a poem very near and dear to my heart. I’ve loved it for years and should I ever get married I would love to have it read at my wedding. I chose this quote specifically due to today’s date, which in case you were not informed by your significant other, NECCO hearts or Hallmark, is Valentine’s Day.
This quote comes from the beautiful poem Song of the Open Road by Walt Whitman. In it, Whitman expresses that the open road is a place where people come together and connect in a significant way. True relationships, he argues, can’t flourish in our “indoor world.” Though the full poem is 231 lines long, the last three are my favorite.
While the reality of traveling with a partner can be anything but glamorous, I love the romance in the idea of running away to travel with someone- giving yourself to them, as Whitman says. It encompasses that feeling of being swept away by emotions.
Do you find this quote as hopelessly romantic as I do? Do you think giving it all up to travel with someone is the ultimate expression of love? Let me know in the comments… and Happy Valentine’s Day, readers!