On the Ethics of Travel

Laura Nelson
10 min readJun 28, 2023
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I have always been ambivalent about travel at best and terrified of it at worst. Part of this is due to my reflexive worrying and catastrophizing whenever I depart. Did I shut the coffee maker off? Did I lock both locks on the front door? Did I remember to pack my Synthroid? Did I leave the car headlights on in the long-term parking lot at JFK? This paranoia subsides a day or two after arriving at my destination, but it kicks up again a day or…

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Laura Nelson

Writer, philosopher, information technologist,guitarist, neurotic, polite radical, avid and indiscriminate reader, Episcopalian, trans woman.