Travel to different people means different things. To some it means, an escape from the routine of daily life, for some it is chasing a new experience, yet for others it is checking off “the long bucket list”. To me, travel is about self-discovery.
My passion for travel began when I was very young. My well-travelled dad was the genesis of this travel urge that I so possess. Our story telling sessions were usually focused on his many adventures far and wide, ranging from his near death escape in the Bermuda Triangle or being caught up in the Falkland War in the early 80s.
Aptly said by Mary Ritter Beard, “Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of the living.” Through each of my travels I get to know more about myself, it inspires me to open up to the world at large, it educates me on the different cultures, food habits, people’s dreams and fears for their community, their passions, their motivations. It helps me bond with them over art, music, dance, common aspirations and sometimes over common political dilemmas.
Over the years I have evolved as a traveler, from just ticking off “sights to see” in a city, I now take in the time to soak in the culture, meet and speak with the local people, visit local food and handicraft markets and also try to do something novel every place I go. These are memories one collects along the way and cherishes for a life time. Travel has made me accept that there is no right or wrong, there is no best or worst, it all boils down to the experience and how it enriches you and makes you a better and stronger person.
Travel is a great teacher, it has thought me to adapt to change. In today’s world, change is constant and inevitable. Be it missing your flight or dealing with a hotel that missed your booking in peak season or having to hitch a ride back to the city since you missed the last bus, all because you were too busy shopping in local markets! Travel teaches you to be innovative in such situations, patient in your approach and most of all, teaches you to trust the people and process.
So in short, Travel inspires, educates, helps you bond, builds acceptance and teaches you to adapt to change.
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