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.

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