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04/13/2015 10:31 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Why The Best Part Of A Vacation Happens At Home (VIDEO)

From India and Ethiopia to Cuba and Kathmandu, Time magazine reporter and travel writer Pico Iyer has been to every corner of the world. After seeing it all, he has an interesting take on what the ultimate adventure truly is. While we all dream of gorgeous beaches and exotic escapes, Iyer explains why the best part of a vacation doesn't take place in some foreign locale -- it happens at home.

In the above "Super Soul Sunday" clip, Iyer tells Oprah to imagine they are traveling to Venice, Italy tomorrow. "And we spend, let's say, a week there and we're lucky enough to be able to take a trip there," he says.

While the trip may only be seven days, Iyer explains that a truly great vacation lasts much longer. "If it's a good trip, we will spend the rest of our lifetimes going over our memories, looking at our photographs, re-reading our journals," he says. "The week is really just like an appetizer for the main course, which takes place when you're back at home sitting still processing everything you've been."

"It's almost as if travel is giving you the raw material but it's stillness that gives you the meaning of what you've experienced," Iyer continues. "And you collect these sights around the world and you come home and you turn them into insights in some ways, and you see how can what I witnessed in Johannesburg or Venice affect my life here in the United States."

More: Why Pico Iyer believes the best place to travel is...nowhere?

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