North because I fantasize about living in a log cabin in northern Michigan. People traveling north buy anoraks and umiaks to survive the cold. When they return, they write stories and poems about their travels.
West because that is the direction in which reality has propelled me. Flushing::Kalamazoo::Chicago. People traveling west seek fortune and fame. When they return, they write memoirs about their failures and hope they will become successes.