What Does It Mean to Travel?

Depending on who you speak to, travel can mean many different things.

Typically – or according to my dictionary – travel is to take a journey. This usually is a journey of distance, but for many travels is also emotional and spiritual. A different perspective on your own life, the sincere desire for change or the radical notion of escaping. People travel for health, somewhere sunny to help with mental strength and rest, they move to gain knowledge, to regain their own power and to help others. People go on pilgrimages, seek spiritual enlightenment and to achieve a sense of accomplishment.

Not all those who wander are lost – J.R.R Tolkien

Words that I hear associated with travel are freedom, growth and transformation. Now, these words may all sound a bit cliché, but they all have positive personal development on you as a person, making you stronger, wiser and more compassionate.

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness – Mark Twain

I remember speaking with a Canadian lady on the Otago Peninsula in New Zealand, and she said to me ‘if every young person travelled, the world would be a more tolerant place’. Not all of us are fortunate enough to be able to travel when we were younger (I did, my husband didn’t) but it brings people together, allows personal connections and understanding of cultures, traditions and beliefs. With knowledge, there is the beginning of acceptance.

Wherever you go, it becomes a part of you – Anita Desai

I lived in New Zealand for almost three years, not only did that leave me with a slight kiwi twang and kiwi slang (jandals and lollies still part of everyday speak) but made me much more independent and self-confident. I have visited Turkey for quite a few years now not only do I love Turkish food but I have learnt so much about Islam while visiting. I am lucky enough to have friends in countries all over the world from my travels.

We live in a wonderful world, that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have, if only we seek them with our eyes open – Jawaharlal Nehru

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