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.

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.

How to source newly discovered destinations online?

We constantly crave for a fresh experience in a true sense when we move out of our houses as avid travelers. We are hungry for destinations which are less known to others yet to be explored completely. There are times in life when we feel as if there’s nothing left which we haven’t explored as a traveler. All that matters to us in such case is a place that has to offer us something unique and exclusive, however farther or nearer it may be to us. All of us are fed up of monotonous spots around us in a common radius which we almost always choose due to lack of time or information conveniently. The options to search untraded places would vary depending on your personal preferences.

Since we communicate through social media invariably irrespective of wherever we are and whatever we do. It has become and inevitable part of our social life. You know that social media is driven by communities. The birds of same feathers flock together. Apparently it sounds to be a brilliant way of connecting to those like minded people who love to explore unknown territories and might be interested in knowing about a few in your vicinity. The means and activities may vary such as trekking, hiking, swimming, riding, etc. So would the communities you would be search for your online networking purpose. You must conduct a search of the people whose interests of outdoor activities match with yours. You will find many such groups and forums online which discuss and share the information on unexplored places. These places would be rarely mentioned in travel guides being less popular and known. You can always ask for the experience of the chosen few who may have been their already and prepare yourself for a new travel experience.