We Are Torn 

Traveling is self-discovery in more ways than one.

This quote originally published in the December 1940 issue of Vogue so accurately depicts the constant struggle between a yearning to see the world and the sentimental longing for “home.”

“It is a curious emotion, this certain homesickness I have in mind. With Americans, it is a national trait, as native to us as the rollercoaster or the jukebox. It is no simple longing for the home town or country of our birth. The emotion is Janus-faced: we are torn between a nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known.” —Carson McCullers, “Look Homeward, Americans.” Vogue (1940)

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  1. Interesting thought provoking post. I think a lot of us are torn between the comforts of home and the wonder of travel


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