I have just listened to Freya Stark's talk about the philosophy of exploration, and am now more sure than ever that I definitely need to read more of her work.
The following is not from the audiobook I picked up at the library (I really wish I could find a transcript) but it gives a good idea of Stark's thinking:
"Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of every day, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art: and unless it succeeds in doing this, its effect on the human being is not, I believe, very great .. . . Most people anyway try to avoid having their feelings intensified: for indeed one must be strong to place oneself alone against the impact of the unknown world."
Yep. I definitely want more of that.