Travel as divine [design] inspiration

Since the terror of 9/11, many Americans have cut back their traveling, opting to stay close to home. This is unfortunate for many reasons, and it is especially regrettable for artists and designers, for whom travel has been a great source of inspiration. In our complex information age, surrounded by pictures and words, art and graphic design have become the universal language. What better way to understand the chaos of the world, in an effort to make order out of it, then to experience it firsthand?