Monday, July 6, 2015

People who don't Travel cannot have a Global view

“People who don't travel cannot have a global view all they see is what's in front of them. Those people cannot accept new things because all they know is where they live.”

The above quote of Martin Yan says a lot about the psychological rewards of traveling. Have you ever wondered how would a life be had you never moved away from your home. It would be awfully monotonous. Traveling once in a while could be a very good way to access the freely available knowledge resources around us. The best part is you have multiple options for travel. You may travel by Road, Sea or Air. But you will have these learning everywhere you go as the masters quote all the time. The reason why saints and mystics have been advising their followers to travel is to allow them to get in touch with the society they live in face to face to see and feel how others live and a natural opportunity to grow by themselves. Taking 100 steps is better than talking about 100 things. It teaches you more. People never realize what they have unless they leave it for a while. It all depends on how to survive when you are out of your comfort zones. You will always seek a place where you feel at home even if you travel far distances because it provides you with energy to go furthermore. But if you get too attached to any place during a travel you lose the whole point of it.  A good traveler keeps moving ahead irrespective of the consequences. A hard core traveler will never get involved in any of the destinations so much that he would never return back. Once he is back after a good travel, he loves his abode more than when he left. Life is also like a journey. If you keep going ahead without stopping at or getting too much involved in everything you come across it could be a lot more fun.      

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Different Perspectives of Great Men on ‘Travel’

Every individual has to travel for some or the other purpose in his life. Life would be empty and stagnant without traveling. St. Augustine said “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” He meant that traveling is not just an experience. It is a great source of information which later becomes a part of our knowledge. It involves exploration and discoveries. If you do not travel you would miss out the whole fun. Confucius said “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” By that he may be implying the open mindedness. He may be suggesting us to travel with our receptivity on all the time and not just go somewhere for completing a task or getting something out of the intended work. Sometimes journey is more enjoyable than the actual destination. Like Matsui Basho once said “Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”

You can see many people somehow saying the same things in their own words and times. Like Lao Tzu used to tell his disciples, “A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” The word arriving says it all. When you intend to arrive somewhere you almost always plan each and everything when you start. But when you do not have a certain destination in your mind or any specific thing at the back of your mind, you travel with an open mindedness in a true sense. When you travel you not just see places. It creates a lasting impression on your mind about your world views. What matters is you should step out of your place so that when you return you are not the same person who had stepped out.  Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living” by Mary Ritter Beard.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Different Perspectives on ‘Destination’

When we say destination, it may have several implications. It has distinct perceptions for every individual. For example what comes to your mind when you hear someone saying Destination? May be it’s a place you may have been to or a house where you might have spent some good time. One thing is common which is present in all such perceptions. A destination isn’t simply a place where you go, more often the one that you would love to go again and again.

 It is of course special to each one of us. But the attributes of its specialty are relative to the varying interests of persons from time to time. People who love peace would like to simply escape from their routine. They will find a peaceful place to get involved in some sort of soul searching. Fun lovers would go for a day trip or an overnight stay may be near a waterfall, a water park or simply a place providing ample possibilities for reunions to get connected with friends or family. Adventure enthusiasts never lose an opportunity to get in touch with nature. They would go places for activities such as hiking, trekking, bungee jumping, rock climbing, Water sports such as river rafting, snorkeling, Para gliding on a river etc. Also the places with pleasant climates which could be sometimes even less known may also qualify to be called a destination. People who read travel blogs and books simply want to go to those places, be there, have food and do all they may have read about. Religious destinations are also on the list of many travelers to get indulged in some kind of spiritual practice.

Very few countries like India provide everything mentioned above if you compare all these different perspectives. And very few travel web portals cater to such an exhaustive list of travelers.