|We travel not for commerce sake alone – by hotter winds our fiery hearts are fanned
For lust of knowing what should not be known, we take the golden road to Samarkand.
—James Elroy Flecker, "Hassan"
- (In reality it is more like a goaty road at evening as your car descends the hill in a cloud of caprine dust, and the lights of Samarkand city shimmer ahead.)
Readers of these pages will need little selling on reasons to travel, and already have a bank of such travel memories to draw on, and with plans and hopes for more. This index to some travel topics links to advice relevant depending on the reason for the trip you are planning.