Mark Twain once said “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” We tend to judge people by their status, background and culture without actually walking up to them and asking them about their real stories. Most of us travel to different places and there, after sightseeing, we just come back with photographs, clicked in different poses at different locations. And that becomes the end of our journey and oh yes, how I can forget the shopping spree of the famous things that are being sold out there. People really do this and they stay in the best hotels out there just to boast of it to their relatives. It is like “showing off” has become a statement of purpose for most of the people to travel. Accept it or not, all of us, now days, really live to please the people around us and try hard to fit within the society. We do not follow what our own heart says. Our opinions are most of the times dictated by the thoughts of other people.
Travelling itself is an experience, which is necessary to gain wisdom and to discover the true self. We can never understand the real meaning of life until we travel and explore different places, cultures and most importantly people living in those places. The whole essence of travelling lies in the knowledge and experience which you gain during your journey in getting to know other people and in understanding their situations. Travelling widens our perspective and we begin to see things in a whole new light. It helps us to discover ourselves. Travelling for the sake of just visiting the famous sights is not enough. Delve deeper into the origins of the different cultures and try to understand the history behind every historical place. Instead of living in 5 star hotels, try to talk to local people and stay with them to experience what kind of life they are living. Listen to their stories and have a traditional meal with them. You will definitely learn something new about life. Life is not at all simple for many people as it is for us. You will feel blessed after listening to the stories of these people who have to strive to get a onetime meal. Learn their language and give them a helping hand in completing their chores. They will feel happy and give you blessings. You yourself will feel happy within.
While travelling, you explore yourself. You become more self aware than before. You begin to question each and everything related to life. You start exploring your own mind and will new learn lessons. If you are travelling abroad, live in the backpackers’ hostel. Sharing your room with three to four other people, who are from different backgrounds, will teach you to adjust in life. Interact with them and try to know their motive behind travelling. Ask them about their journey so far and share your own experiences. Interacting with other people will help you to become a sociable and outgoing person. You will begin to evolve as a human being, understanding the life in its various forms.
In today’s era where people are so busy in their lives that they hardly get time to rest in peace, travelling is a great option for them to break free of their daily boring routine and learn things which matter the most in life. While writing this article I asked some of my friends what travelling meant to them. Some said that it was fun to be away from parents and relatives and others said it enabled them to booze and smoke freely without any limit. I mean seriously most of the teenagers want a luxurious holiday to pamper them. But there was this single friend of mine, Parth Sahni, who without thinking much answered “For me travelling is a different experience altogether. Apart from travelling far off places, I love to travel within Delhi. I just want to get aware….aware of the things around me. I have seen both- the high class parties and beggars enjoying across the streets with some stale food and cold supper. So, what I have learnt is that it doesn’t mean if you have everything only then you are happy, it’s just your state of mind making you feel that you are comfortable with what you love. People who are below poverty line also enjoy their lives celebrating for special occasions just like us and look happy even after all the discomforts they have.”
So Folks! Pack your bags and tight your laces to get ready to embark on a journey to the path of rediscovering yourself and exploring the world around you. It’s never too late to follow your heart and travel….