“The Unvarnished Traveler” by Brian Raymond


This is part of our continuing series where we give a voice to different people (real and imagined) and give our take on what they might say when asked, “Why should we all travel and explore the world?”

Canadian Rocky Mountains

Canadian Rocky Mountains

Greetings, young Padawans, and seekers of adventure! Today, the wise Yoda shall share his insights on the importance of traversing the galaxy and exploring the diverse worlds that lie beyond. Through travel, a path to enlightenment you shall find, hm.

In the vast expanse of the Star Wars universe, we encounter countless worlds, each with its own unique customs, creatures, and cultures. Through travel, we unveil the tapestry of existence and learn valuable lessons that shape our understanding of the Force and the interconnection of all living beings.

rue Grande, Vence

Vence, Italy

Journey to distant lands, you must, for in doing so, discover the beauty of diversity. As you wander the bustling streets of Coruscant or the serene forests of Endor, observe the various traditions and beliefs that govern these realms. Embrace the languages, the customs, and the traditions that make each world distinctive. From this, learn you will, that even in our differences, unity can be found.

Travel offers you a chance to face challenges and obstacles that test your mettle. Just as young Jedi train to conquer adversity, so too must you venture beyond the familiar to grow stronger in mind and spirit. As you navigate unfamiliar terrain, encounter new cultures, and communicate with different beings, you develop resilience, adaptability, and resourcefulness. Your journey shall shape you, revealing strengths you never knew you possessed.

Through travel, wisdom you will gain. Seek out the ancient temples of Jedha, or the scholarly libraries of Ossus. Immerse yourself in the stories and teachings of long-forgotten civilizations. From these wise sages, you shall acquire knowledge that transcends time and space. Ancient wisdom carries truths that guide us on the path of balance and harmony. Let the teachings of others fill you with insight, hm.

The bridges of Belgrade, Serbia

The bridges of Belgrade, Serbia

Traveling grants you the gift of empathy. As you witness the struggles and triumphs of others, compassion grows within your heart. Understand the plights of war-torn planets and oppressed species, and you will appreciate the resilience of the human spirit. Walk alongside those who fight for justice, and you will realize the importance of standing up for what is right. In this, learn you will, that we are all connected, and the fate of one affects us all.

Lastly, through travel, discover yourself, you shall. Embark on a journey of self-discovery, free from the confines of your familiar surroundings. In the solitude of ancient Jedi temples or the serenity of the remote Dagobah system, find stillness and introspection. Reflect upon your purpose, your strengths, and your weaknesses. As you delve deeper into the core of your being, uncover your true potential, and unlock the Force within you.

So, young Padawans, heed my words. Travel, you must. Embrace the unknown, for in it lies the keys to growth and enlightenment. Learn from diverse cultures, face challenges head-on, seek ancient wisdom, and connect with the souls of your fellow beings. Through travel, discover your place in the galaxy, and may the Force be with you always.


Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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