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Armchair Traveler: Take a Virtual Vacation

What is Armchair Traveling?

An Armchair Traveler is someone who finds out what a place or location is like by watching travel programs on television, looking at internet websites about travel or reading books about travel. Armchair traveling is about letting yourself day dream and imagine what it would feel like to physically be there. It is great for those who can not travel, and for those who want to fantasize about where their next vacation will be. 


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Waxing Poetic on Travel

'Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference' 

The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost

'Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road, Healthy, free, the world before me, The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose' 

Song of the Open Road, Walt Whitman

'By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin' lazy at the sea, There's a Burma girl a-settin', and I know she thinks o' me; For the wind is in the palm-trees, and the temple-bells they say: "Come you back, you British soldier; come you back to Mandalay!"' 

Mandalay, Rudyard Kipling

'I cannot rest from travel: I will drink Life to the lees: All times I have enjoy'd Greatly, have suffer'd greatly, both with those That loved me, and alone, on shore' 

Ulysses, Lord Alfred Tennyson

'I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze' 

Daffodils, William Wordsworth

'We kissed at the barrier; and passing through She left me, and moment by moment got Smaller and smaller, until to my view She was but a spot' 

Departure Platform, Thomas Hardy

'This City now doth, like a garment, wear The beauty of the morning; silent, bare, Ships, towers, domes, theatres and temples lie Open unto the fields, and to the sky' 

Composed upon Westminster Bridge, William Wordsworth

'The railroad track is miles away, And the day is loud with voices speaking, Yet there isn't a train goes by all day But I hear its whistle shrieking' 

Travel, Edna St Vincent Millay

'All of the sights of the hill and the plain Fly as thick as driving rain; And ever again, in the wink of an eye, Painted stations whistle by' 

From a Railway Carriage, Robert Louis Stevenson

'The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea In a beautiful pea-green boat, They took some honey, and plenty of money, Wrapped up in a five-pound note' 

The Owl and the Pussycat, Edward Lear

'There was a road ran past our house Too lovely to explore. I asked my mother once - she said That if you followed where it led It brought you to the milk-man's door. (That's why I have not travelled more)' 

The Unexplorer, Edna St Vincent Millay

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