"Questions of Travel" is a poem that, well, asks questions about traveling. Why do we journey to the ends of the earth? Can we learn just as much when we're plopped in front of the TV watching the Discovery Channel? We keep asking questions here because that's what Bishop does throughout her poem. And the interesting thing is that she never fully answers any of her questions about exploring the world. Bishop leaves a whole lot up to us in "Questions of Travel." So, read the poem, ponder, go out and explore, and then please—report back to us at Shmoop. We're dying for some answers.
"Questions of Travel" argues that traveling and exploration are totally selfish activities because there's nothing useful to be gained from seeing the world. It's all about me me me.
"Questions of Travel" argues that traveling and exploration are worthy ways to spend one's time, because the only way a person can actually learn anything about the world is by going out and seeing it for themselves.