This is De Botton’s term for spaces inhabited by those in transit, from the roadside rest stop he visits between London and Manchester to the planes, ships, and trains that travelers use to reach foreign lands. He argues that such liminal (in-between) spaces can offer the excitement of anticipated travel as well as a poetic, comfortable loneliness, in which a traveler is surrounded by other people who feel the same isolation and an atmosphere that mirrors that sentiment.
Traveling Places Quotes in The Art of Travel
The The Art of Travel quotes below are all either spoken by Traveling Places or refer to Traveling Places. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of The Art of Travel published in 2002.).
Chapter 2 Quotes
The twenty-four-hour diner, the station waiting room and the motel are sanctuaries for those who have, for noble reasons, failed to find a home in the ordinary world—those whom Baudelaire might have dignified with the honorific poets.
Traveling Places Term Timeline in The Art of Travel
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Chapter 2: On Traveling Places
...realm.” Baudelaire also flocked to “harbours, docks, railway stations, trains, ships, and hotel rooms,” transient traveling places that filled him with the nostalgia and thrill of departure. (full context)
...the rigours, the cold abstinence, the selfish ease of ordinary society.” De Botton agrees, seeing traveling places as an alternative to the routine drudgery of contemporary everyday life. (full context)