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Progress & Sensitivity

After a long trip, there is something to be said for making time to take stock of our experiences before jumping back into life. The acclaimed travel writer and author of the art of stillness explains how traveling the world can start with a simple step back.

Born to Indian academics, raised between the UK and the US and having lived in rural Japan with his Japanese wife for two decades, Pico Iyer is quite the globe-trotter in both his home and work life. As a regular essayist for Time, The New York Times and Harper’s and the author of 10 books—ranging from Video Night in Kathmandu to The Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping Malls, and the Search for Home—Pico has seen the good, the bad and the ugly, ugly airport carpets. But it’s not all foreign street signs and cultural immersion. Through spending much of his year hopping between countries, he has developed an appreciation for travel’s opposite: stillness. We speak to Pico about his most surprising discoveries on the road and the upsides of belonging to a global community of nomadic world wanderers.

Georgia Frances King
Nicole Franzen
“Travel lays the table for the feast you enjoy sitting still back home”