Richard Grant


Richard Grant is a British journalist whose work has appeared in Al Jazeera America, The Telegraph and The Washington Post. His latest book is Crazy River: Exploration and Folly in East Africa (2011). He lives in Mississippi.

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The call of the road

Richard Grant

One thing travel teaches is that people who live in deeply rooted, pre-modern cultures are usually calmer, happier and more fulfilled than we are, despite their relative lack of comfort, convenience and material possessions. Very rarely do they feel the desire to travel, and it certainly plays no part in their idea of a life well lived. But we’re never going to be a Mayo villager in the Mexican thorn forest, or a Hadzabe hunter in Tanzania, or a ninth-generation midwife in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Modern consumer living comes with a built-in restlessness and dissatisfaction. It leads to questions like: what is the good life and am I living it?

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