Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. - Albert Camus

 

for this kind of travel you usually do need to leave the airconditioned hotels and resorts and actually, dare I say it, take interest in the "locals" and their life. I know, I know, I am asking too much, you are on vacation and you really can't be bothered.

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

    Opinions / Science / Theory of Relative Ignorance  
 

..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

    Art & Culture / Music / Blues / Robert Johnson  

The importance of travel

They used to say that part of the education of a gentleman is to be well traveled, to see the world (or at least the parts of the empire that were comfortable enough for a good standing young gentleman to see. Nothing too sweaty, please, and keep those pimms coming). They are probably correct, although as I have never been a gentleman I wouldn’t know.
 
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
 
For me, travel has a very important part in the development of character, both physical and philosophical. The basic fact that travels takes you out of your comfort zone is good enough (unless you still travel like those gentlemen in the first paragraph, and unfortunately I know a lot of you do) and the fact we leave our normal routine for a while is a breath of fresh air, and a great start for a revision and reconsideration of what we know.

On the spiritual philosophical level , I have found that travel opened my eyes to a lot of new things I would never even know to dream about, but the major adventage it gave my point of view on life, is the fact that I got to see different cultures and their inner workings.
 
There are no foreign lands.
It is the traveler only who is foreign.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson
 
Again, for this kind of travel you usually do need to leave the airconditioned hotels and resorts and actually, dare I say it, take interest in the "locals" and their life. I know, I know, I am asking too much, you are on vacation and you really can't be bothered.

Because when you do look into these cultures, when you do start to ask the right questions, and life the facad of modern living and the urban survival mechanism , you find a lot of interesting things, that if you are lucky, might shake up your current system of belief.
 

Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance.
Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.”
– Cesare Pavese

 
My favorite epiphany looking back at my travels, and I should really admit I do not travel enough. I might travel more than the normal person, but it is never enough, and I can only speak of the few places I have seen. Ok, maybe not so few, but still. Tip of the iceberg.

And what I found out was that each and every society has its own blocking systems that put people at bay, by the use of tradition. Now, I am not going to talk bad of tradition, I like tradition, tradition is fun, tradition is important, leave tradition alone. No, the point is that I have heard the very same phrase over and over in different parts of the world ; "why? Because that is the way it was always done, you just cant do it any other way, sorry."
 
Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.”
– Paul Theroux
 

When you hear this sentence for the first time, you might nod, and if it is your tradition we are talking of, your country, you might even agree with that way of thinking. But, and here comes a big but, if you hear it enough times from different people about different things, you start to realize that it is completely meaningless.

If so many different people have different views about "the only way it can be done", then we have a small problem. There can only be one "only" way to do thing….so doesn’t that mean that most of them, not saying all, but other than one, all the rest are wrong? Or maybe it is the sentence which is wrong….i wonder…

Travel opens you horizons. Literally. The more you see, the more you experience, the more diverse is your existence and you get to taste how other people live, the better is your chance to make a good life for your own. You have more tools to cope with life, you have more flexibility in thought, in action, in your creation.

And you know what, if all that is not important to you, travel is just fun. Do it. Real travel. Go. What are you waiting for?

For some inspiration, visit my travel blog...

www.bucketmoon.com/travel