“Experience, travel – these are as education in themselves” – Euripides
I met this amazing gentleman in Addis Ababa who said he had been travelling the world for 2 years and in his own words he said: ‘I wish I knew half the things I got to learn travelling for the past 2 years!’ Travel is a whole school on its own! Just as you save to go to the university, save to travel and to experience the whole new world of travel! It will be one of your best investments so go for it!
In the school of travel, we learn a lot without even reading a book. You may go out there as a tourist, but the ultimate experience is in becoming a traveler- Doris Agbevivi 🙂
Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of the experience.” – Francis Bacon
The school of travel teaches us HARMONY. Wondering the world, re-establishes the original harmony that exists between man and nature. Remember, not all who wander are lost. Wondering the world, allows you the singular benefit of living like a nomad. It allows you to live within the resources available to you. It teaches you how that all you really ever need is always around you. It makes you appreciate the necessities in life!
It teaches us to be TOLERANT! The school of travel teaches us tolerance in its purest forms. The priest travels and may have to sit by a traditionalist and share a seat at a meal table! Yes it offers us the opportunity to reach out to the fellow sitting next to us but to be able to reach out even with the gospel, we first will need to see the person as human just like ourselves. My journeys have given me the opportunity to share meals with the Judaist, learn a thing or two about business from the Jew, share a room with a Buddhist. “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou because travel teaches us to be tolerant!
Travel offers the added advantage of NEW EYES AND A SENSE OF APPRECIATION
How else can you see extraordinary in another’s ordinary? How else can you marvel at the life another lives with so much mediocrity? “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust
It is only in having new eyes that someone’s ordinary can become your extraordinary. The memories stay with you for as long as possible! They become your treasure chest to open and relive at any time hence offering you the rare opportunity of appreciation even when all else seem gloom.
No wonder it is said that “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends… The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy
“NOT I – NOT ANYONE else, can travel that road for you, You must travel it for yourself.” – Walt Whitman
Travel makes you MODEST. For most of us we believe we have a house, own a car and a nice backyard so our world is the perfect one. But, travel will make you modest. When you travel you may have to live in a hotel that may not offer you the same luxuries you are used to. You will need to use a bike to get around and pick a taxi. Travel makes you see the essence of life and not the things you have. Whether a car or a taxi or a bike, the essence is to move from place to place. When you travel, you forget all you have, and make the most of what you have within sight. It allows you to see how little you have and what a small place you occupy.
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Scott Cameron
But like marriage and so many other journeys of life, what no one tells you about travel is the turbulence on long journeys, the airport hassle, immigration checks that can sometimes give you the greatest headache of your journey, the airport confusion and trying to make it out of most airports with all the language barrier between you and some workers at the airport, on the streets and even with the taxis or getting robbed on your journey.
Despite all these the beautiful part about the journey is finding your way. It’s like a maze, were your usual life is so many kilometers away and yet you try too hard to make it work where you find yourself. It’s a beautiful and exciting feeling when you finally arrive at your destination. It can be unsafe sometimes but wouldn’t you rather dive into the unsafe zone of life rather than be in your usual environment?
I find that in these travel maze, where life seems uncertain, I get clarity in life, I become more appreciative of the essence of life in itself. It goes beyond just having your life organised; work, family, car, house, etc. rather gives you a perspective of what really matters. What really matters? It is self-love, it is appreciating the very existence of your nature and knowing how truly fulfilling it can be to just be you and actually live!
More importantly, the road, once traveled never leaves you, it is embedded in you for all your years. In retrospect, it is glamorous! – Doris Agbevivi
“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” — Pat Conroy
So please “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled.” – Mohammed
Happy Traveling! :) Happy Traveling! :) Happy Traveling! :) Till I come your way, it’s still me, the girl who travels to tell stories! Will come your way soon with tales from another part of the world!