What is Road Wisdom?



Road Wisdom represents a way of travel, a way of seeing the world.

Road Wisdom is an absence of preconceived agendas, short of going deeper.

Road Wisdom is the collection of lessons imparted by the all-knowing road, if only you loose your grip long enough to get out of your own way and simply follow wherever it might lead you.

Road Wisdom has no time for the mundane, the 9 to 5, or the tick-tock world. It doesn’t exist in the corporate. It seeks the distance, the time, the space, the essence — unapologetically.

Road Wisdom is firmly “Romantic” in the literary sense.

Road Wisdom embraces the inscription carved in the forecourt of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi: “Know thyself“.

Road Wisdom recognizes that once you set out upon this course, there is no turning back.



About the author

Ryan Murdock

Author of A Sunny Place for Shady People and Vagabond Dreams: Road Wisdom from Central America. Host of Personal Landscapes podcast. Editor-at-Large (Europe) for Canada's Outpost magazine. Writer at The Shift. Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.


  • Road Wisdom is the feeling I get when I’ve past the first 1/2-hour of a bus ride (5+ hours, assuming no breakdowns) and we’ve cleared the tangle of city streets and are now well into the countryside. The sun shines or drop splatter the window, releasing the smell of rain running rivulets through dusty glass. No one has a claim on my time for 5+ hours. No task to be done but sit. The road fills me. I know everything yet am awed by my stupidity in the face of the brilliance certain to come my way, this trip.

    • We’ve lost so much of that contemplative isolation with the advent of smart phones. These days it feels like the only escape from them is long flights.


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