“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.”
It has been some 8 centuries since Lao Tzu gave his thoughts on travel, yet the fact is that it rings true today more than ever. In this rapidly changing world where so much emphasis is put on the speed of getting things done quickly, of getting from point A to point B as fast as possible and globalization causing many lands to seem like a homogenized version of each other, travel lends itself towards a reconnection with life and other humans.
The vast majority of the planet’s inhabitants can not afford to travel which means that their exposure to your culture will be what you bring with you as a person. Package holidays where you stay in a secluded enclave meant only for you and your fellow tourists do little to further the exchange of traditions. It may indeed bring money into an area that badly needs resources, but chances are that very little of that gets through to the people who really need it. And that ‘authentic’ local customs show that they put on is probably anything but authentic.
This is not to say that package holidays are a bad idea. For many travelers this is their first ever foray in to the wild. And for others, simply a way to relax and not have to worry about the complications, prices or train fares. But this kind of holiday should not be confused with ‘travel’, which requires a certain amount of immersion into the place that you are visiting. And getting there is often half the fun, especially if you don’t have a particular destination in mind. Almost all of the planet is today geared for travelers in some way. Sure, accommodation and transport can get rather rudimentary in some of the more out-of-the-way places, but still there is usually an option.
I have spent the better part of my life exploring the world, and now together we continue to do the same. I write for various travel blogs and publications and I always jump at the chance to recall a particularly interesting travel tale. I hope you enjoy some of the travel stories that you find here and that maybe it inspires you to do some exploration of your own. Remember – wherever you go, there you are.
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