Bio

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I am a Canadian travel journalist, editor, retired educator, and a former marketing manager at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. These various “incarnations” have given me important public relations, literary, and transferrable skills.

I have served on the Board of Directors of the Travel Media Association of Canada, and am currently also a member of the World Federation of Journalists and Travel Writers.

I produce conceptual, literate, in-depth, and content-rich multimedia narratives that explore the universal layers of meaning inherent in travel.

My principal editorial and research assistant is my partner/spouse Dianne, an historian who specializes in social and art history, and who is also a retired educator.

The fact that I am now “authorized and commissioned to serve as an Ambassador of Good Will” for the State of Arkansas, USA is an indication of the value that destinations ascribe to my work.

What “they” say about me

  • “Bob Fisher has elevated travel journalism to an art form. His blog The Philosophical Traveler is the standard by which all other travel writing should be judged.” Graham Simmons, Member of the Australian group The Global Travel Writers
  • “While there are many travel sites, few question ‘why’ we travel. Bob Fisher’s website explores the philosophy, ‘We travel to explore the diversity of human society; and in so doing discover the commonality.’ For a probing look at his and others’ journeys, pay a visit here.” — Brandon Wilson, Pilgrim’s Tales Publishing
  • “Your introspective writing about exploring different people, their cultures and homes and why any of it ought to matter, has been a joy to read. As someone who makes a living searching out and analyzing travel and travel related sites for a living, honest and heartfelt travel writing is harder and harder to come by!” — Michael Brazile, Cheapflights.com

Travel as a philosophical pursuit

My fundamental philosophy in terms of the global travel and tourism industry is summed up best in the timeless words of the poet John Donne.

No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man’s death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

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The nature of travel

“I have wandered all my life, and I have also travelled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfilment.” — Hilaire Belloc, French-born English essayist and writer of travelogues (1850-1953)

“Wayfarer, keep looking back.” — a Swahili saying

“It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance … and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.” — Henry James

“Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.” — Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Getting away from it all … to somewhere else

As the above quotations suggest, “leisure” travel is not so much an escape from reality, but an exploration of other realities.

And the insights and subsequent enlightenment (the latter is always a process and never an event) that you get when you look at life through a different lens, can be liberating.

Engaged and participatory travel involves also critical analysis, introspection, and is therefore a creative endeavour. It is an antidote to the “sigh in a shouting mob” syndrome.

Coming home again

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” — St. Augustine

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” — Maya Angelou

“Travelling through the world produces a marvelous clarity in the judgement of men. We are all of us confined and enclosed within ourselves, and see no farther than the end of our nose. This great world is a mirror where we must see ourselves in order to know ourselves. There are so many different tempers, so many different points of view, judgments, opinions, laws and customs to teach us to judge wisely on our own, and to teach our judgement to recognize its imperfection and natural weakness.” — Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

“In reality, every reader is, while he is reading, the reader of his own self. The writer’s work is merely a kind of optical instrument which he offers to the reader to enable him to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have experienced in himself. And the recognition by the reader in his own self of what the book says is the proof of its veracity.” ─ Marcel Proust

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Responses

  1. Don’t travel much but always enjoy looking at your stuff Bob. Keep up the good work.
    Dale

  2. Hi Bob!

    We met at the Markham Civic Centre ice rink this morning. I wish we had more time to chat. I look forward to following your adventures and wish you all the very best!

    Johnny


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