Real Travel The Difference Between Traveling And Going On Holiday

Real Travel The Difference Between Traveling And Going On Holiday

Now,​ more than ever,​ we travel. We pack our suitcases,​ make sure we haven’t forgotten the​ sunscreen,​ stick our passport in​ our back pocket and head for the​ door. But so often we take our own little world with us. Working all year round for those precious couple of​ weeks in​ the​ sun,​ we barely leave the​ poolside at​ the​ hotel where a​ scrambled egg breakfast is​ a​ must and all the​ other guests speak with the​ same “normal” accent as​ we do. What,​ I ask you,​ is​ the​ point of​ crossing continents to​ live life exactly as​ we do at​ home?

So what does it​ mean to​ really travel? What is​ the​ difference between going on​ holiday and traveling? More than anything it​ comes down to​ your state of​ mind and the​ reasons you​ are going in​ the​ first place. to​ travel is​ to​ experience,​ and to​ have new experiences you​ must be open to​ them,​ invite them. Sometimes this can be difficult,​ frightening even,​ as​ it​ means stepping out of​ your comfort zone. it​ means awkward moments,​ strange places,​ strange food and customs and ways of​ life that seem odd,​ and often the​ complete opposite of​ your own belief system. But isn’t that what makes the​ world interesting?

So why do it? What is​ the​ reward for making all this effort? Why do people go out of​ their way to​ travel to​ strange,​ hot,​ dusty,​ freezing or​ rainy places to​ taste odd delicacies made from parts of​ animals they’ve never heard of,​ put themselves in​ uncomfortable,​ sometimes even dangerous,​ situations,​ dealing with the​ jet lag and the​ culture shock? the​ reward is​ education. the​ reward is​ life itself. you​ might decide you​ like some of​ those odd delicacies. you​ might make some new friends. you​ will no doubt have some stories to​ tell,​ and you​ will definitely learn something. Your reward will be self discovery,​ growth,​ and knowledge. it​ will be the​ fact that you​ braved the​ world and found out it​ isn’t so scary after all.

Lonely Planet estimates that by the​ year 2020 1.5 billion people will be on​ the​ move each year. That is​ over a​ 6th of​ the​ world’s population. the​ world has shrunk to​ the​ point of​ being a​ single global suburb. For the​ more adventurous,​ this can make travel more difficult,​ in​ that cultures are blending at​ a​ rapid rate. Countries import not only goods and services,​ but customs and beliefs. Therefore the​ human race might eventually become just that: a​ single race. Great for tolerance,​ but it​ would be a​ less interesting world. So before this happens explore,​ learn,​ experience. as​ the​ late author James Michener once said: “If you​ reject the​ food,​ ignore the​ customs,​ fear the​ religion and avoid the​ people,​ you​ might better stay home”.

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