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Trips abroad are more a case of travail than travel

TWENTY YEARS AGO, the poet Philip Larkin claimed he wouldn’t mind seeing China if he could come back the same day. While Noel Coward said: “Travel, they say, improves the mind, an irritating platitude, which frankly… is very far from true.”

I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I’ve left the UK — the idea of discovering new cultures and people always appealing more than the actual execution. As much as travel can elevate us, it can also remind us of how lucky we are to live where we do.

A decade ago, obsessed to perverse heights with Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley novels, I took myself on a solo endeavour around Italy. Perhaps the romantic in me believed I might bag my own Dickie Greenleaf, a rather unpleasant, care-free trustafarian with a high libido.

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