Why Bilbo Baggins was right about traveling

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Thorin & Co. “On the Doorstep” regard the ruins of Dale (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, New Line Cinema, 2013)

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

These words are often quoted by travelers and Lord of the Rings fans alike for they are linked by the true spirit of what traveling and adventure means to so many people.

Spoken at the beginning of the Fellowship of the Ring, Bilbo Baggins was teaching his nephew Frodo about the spirit of adventure, not knowing in the slightest the adventure Frodo would come to have with the One Ring.

For the sake of this article, imagine yourself as Bilbo Baggins prior to his adventure to the Lonely Mountain.

For decades, he lived out his life unaware about the world outside his round hobbit style door. Today and in our world, there are many who live lives such as these, afraid or unwilling to leave what they know.

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