Distant places are also remote in time, lying either in the remote past or future. In non-Western societies, distant places are located in the mythical past rather than future, but since time tends to be perceived as cyclical remote past and remote future converge. In Western society, a distant place can suggest the idea of a distant past: when explorers seek the source of the Nile or the heart of a continent they appear to be moving back in time (Tuan, 1979: 390).
— Tuan, Y.-F. (1979). Space and place: humanistic perspective. In: Gale, S. & Olsson, G. (Eds.). Philosophy in geography, 387-427. Dordrecth: D. Reidel Publishing Company.