THE PLEASURES OF TRAVELLING
THE VALUE OF TRAVELLING
Travelling is the one of most delightful experience of man-kind. People have always enjoyed going from place to place seeing men and things. Man travels for personal reasons, for adventure, for trade, for sight-seeing, for pilgrimage, for education or for conquering unknown lands.
Travelling is a great source of knowledge. While travelling a person meets different persons and visit different places. This will increase his knowledge. In Europe, schooling is incomplete without a tour of the continent. Travelling is a pleasure. A person can escape from his daily routine and worries by travelling. It gives him the opportunity to meet his friends and relatives who are living far away. It also gives him chance to meet new people and get acquainted with their customs and tradition.
Travelling had great educational value. Travelling teaches better than books. It supplements our book knowledge. Geography is a dull and uninspiring subject if it is studied in the class rooms. If the Himalayas and the Ganges are seen by the student, the dull subject of geography becomes living and absorbing. A student of sociology can gather much from the customs and ways of life of the people living in different regions of the world by travelling. A student of history can obtain a vivid account of history in historical monuments. A foreign language can be learnt easily and quickly by moving among the people who speak it.
Travelling gives us practical experience of the world. A traveller comes in contact with various types of people. He can acquire a lot of practical knowledge about men and things of the world which no book can impart. Thus travelling acquaints us with the style of living, habits, customs, traditions, food, clothing and the nature of people distributed all over the world. Travelling broadens our outlook. By travelling, a person become social and learns to mix with other people. His outlook becomes cosmopolitan. He is freed from narrow-mindedness and prejudices. Thus travelling makes his outlook liberal and cultivates in him a spirit of toleration. All those who travel extensively become most considerate persons. Travelling deepends our sympathies and develops in us a correct sense of values.
Travelling brings men of all nations and ages together. It promotes the spirit of unity and brotherhood. In a country like India where the evils of casteism, communalism and parochalism prevail, travelling can do much to remove such evils and bring people together. Travelling abroad develops the spirit of universal brotherhood and cosmopolitanism. Many of the world’s problems can be solved by means of free travel. Lack of communication among countries is the main cause of disputes between them.
Travelling brings us closer to nature. We can enjoy the beauty of snow-clad mountains, huge waterfall, forests, seas, and the rising and setting of the sun. Travelling exposes us to different weather condition also. It also promotes trade and commerce. It gives us practical knowledge of trade and commerce. A visit to a commercial centre quickness trade. By travelling, one comes to know the productive activity in different places and the materials required in those places. He can carry commodities produced in one place in plenty to those places where they are not available. Travelling is also essential for the health of the body and the mind.
Travelling is thus a wonderful experience. It is training for the mind and the spirit. In order to take full advantage of travelling, one must have eye to see, ears to listen and an intense desire to learn.
Travel to me is a second skin. It's a reflex I have never thought too much about; it's my way of life. For that, I am immensely thankful, because it is without a doubt the biggest influence on who I am and will continue to become. I also understand that not many people can't afford to travel, but there are many people out there who can, and you should because the experience is invaluable.
I was born in Denmark to Somali parents, and like many people around me, the Summer and Christmas holidays called for a little vacationing. My first trip was before I had the motor skills to sit up for a passport photo. All holidays were usually for short periods of time, but it wasn't until we packed up and moved to Malawi, at the age of 8, that my life truly changed. I had never been exposed to poverty or any communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS.
Travel taught me that being happy comes from within.
I had never met an orphan or anyone surviving with the bare minimum yet so happy. It was my first time in Africa, and trust me, you can hear about a place, but there is nothing like getting the wind knocked out of you because you're so overwhelmed out of sheer excitement or just plain-ol' anxiety. This was truly a time where I learned what true resilience is: to live life in such a way where you are thankful for the little you have, to not worry about anything beyond your capacity, and to take each moment as it comes.
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As a family, we took many road — trips throughout southern Africa, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, and Botswana, to mention a few. I witnessed this incredible collectiveness and community that I hadn't been exposed to in Denmark. There is no you or I, it's we . . . a togetherness that nurtures who you are. It instills in you this responsibility to be there for people no matter what you are going through, and this energy is reciprocated by strangers even when your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere or you meet people at local restaurants and they invite you for tea at their home. Travel taught me about identity and the bond of sharing — "Ubuntu, where a person is a person through other people," according Dr. Michael Onyebuchi Eze. I started developing a sense of who I was and wanted to be through my interactions with strangers, because I learned about their cultures, beliefs . . . I witnessed how they interacted with the world around them, and to my surprise as an almost-teenager, people that I thought I had zero in common with suddenly started feeling like a reflection of myself.
Traveling showed me what innately makes us us; that when we strip away everything at the end of the day, we are all really the same.
From Malawi, we ended up moving to Kenya, where I finished school before heading to the UK for university. The story has been the same wherever I've gone: to travel is to learn and grow. I learned how to empathize with people of another culture although it may be a complete 180 from my own. You begin to be able to communicate with people better and understand a different standpoint or mind state. Traveling showed me what innately makes us us; that when we strip away everything at the end of the day, we are all really the same. Personally, as someone who has never really been from here or there, it made me feel at home in the world.
There has never been a place that I have visited where people haven't been so warm and welcoming. You travel through some of the most fascinating places, and not only do you learn about the past and the present, but you are invited in with such pride. That's a privilege and over the years I have seen people I know and some viral social media posts of people who can be disrespectful to the places they visit. If anything, travel has taught me humility. It's very easy to come from a privileged background and have a subconscious "greater than thou" mentality, but the chances we get to see the immense beauty around the world should remind us of how the whole world doesn't run in the way we may be used to at home. Remember that it may be short-term for you, but this is someone's home, someone's beliefs, someone's way of life, and just because it doesn't make sense to us doesn't mean it's less than.
Travel has always given me perspective on what's important in life, and honestly it's not the career, the money, the perfect life. Many times, everyday life sweeps us off of our feet in the most unromantic way and has us chasing life. Travel taught me that being happy comes from within. Sometimes we all need an escape to reset ourselves — it doesn't even have to be to an exotic location, it could be to a town a couple of hours away you've never been to or taking a hike to watch the sun set over your city. Push yourselves out of what you know, be spontaneous once in a while, and enrich your lives.
Seeing the world is important. Getting to know people unlike ourselves is the only way to move forward in the world we live in today. In a world where the minority that hate are the loudest, where people are scared of what they don't understand, I've learned it's OK to be exactly who you are and still be part of the world. A classroom can't teach you about a place or a people the way your senses do when you're there. Travel is the education for life. Move around, go experience things, let go of your security blanket, and feed your soul.
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