There are three categories of people in this world: tourists, travellers, and the ones who fall in neither of the first two categories. Tourists are people who visit places once in a while and get a macro view of people, places, and cultures. Travellers go beyond ticking the most visited places off the checklist: they dive in to understand what the true essence of a place is. There are, unfortunately, a select few who know nothing about the joys of visiting, touring and travelling different places.
This article is for non-tourists and non-travellers to get started on the road to exploring places beyond their limited geographical circle. This article is for tourists to explore the avenues of being a “traveller”. And this article is for travellers to travel wide, far, high, and deep to immerse in the joy of getting lost in the winds of the world.
Travel is not All Play and no Work
If you think that traveling equals fun, you are badly mistaken. Travel is a mixed bag. It is beyond enjoyment. If you believe that enjoying travel involves only the fun part, you are mistaken. The package also includes moments of frustration, irritation, chaos, adventure, and lethargy. The trick is to welcome these experiences with open arms because travel without pain ain’t as fulfilling an experience as it can be.
Travel Broadens One’s Horizons
The world is a book and if you are sticking to one page, how unfair you are to yourself! When we meet new people, visit newer places, our preconceived notions about people, places, and cultures are challenged and our acceptance for diversity increases.
Travel Helps Us Adapt
People may be chameleons in real life (no joke!), but adapting to different circumstances is best learned when you live in different places. Experience only teaches you to become comfortable to change. When you move out of the four walls of your homes and travel across borders and across oceans, your travel experience can make such processes way easier.
Travel Teaches You Things… Many Things
Books may be man’s best friend. There are things that your “best friend” might teach you but travel will teach you even better. I don’t need to cram the names and details of dams built on the rivers I have visited or the local cuisines of the places I have been to because they are etched in my memory forever. Isn’t this a more fun was of learning than slogging at your study table?
You Make Memories On the Road
The daily monotony of life is broken when you travel. Along the way, you make some good memories that you would cherish for years to come and not so good memories that might bring a smile to your face years down the line. Also, you will have some cool stories to tell your grandkids.
Don’t you think that these are enough reasons to inspire you to get “travelling”? So, get, set, go guys. It’s about time that you put your travel shoes on and get grooving to the tune of travel.