November 20, 2008

On Travel...

Steven Riddle mentions a familiar downside of globalization, that of the robbing the world of its heterogeneity. In a way, travel is the opposite of money and not just because the former burns a lot of the latter. With the time value of money, dollars saved now and invested are worth a lot more in the future. With travel, travel done in the future will be worth less in terms of novelty. But then that's been going on for hundreds and hundreds of years now and is partially due to man's success combined with a finite planet: there are no unexplored lands left.

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