The Art of Travel

Travel was made possible many years ago through horses and railroads, however, then it was used mainly as a form of moving somewhere else. People today are lucky with the amount of opportunity available to them when it comes to traveling. But there are a lot of people who take this for granted and do not use the opportunities that are there in front of them. What most people do not understand is the reason why travel is so important in their life. Travel is not a destination; it is the perspective that is brought back with them.

            People can, at times, get the wrong impressions about what other places are like.  They tell themselves that, that place has a high crime rate or there are no good people that live there. Therefore, they would never want to visit a new area. Ancient Roman Christian Theologian, Saint Augustine, once stated: “The World is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.”  He understood that there is much more to life than what we are able to see in front of us. Going somewhere new gives others the chance to see that maybe they don’t have it as bad off as they think. Many places in the world are starving and homeless, however, most people that do not live in these areas do not fully understand how hard it is in these other places. Given the chance to see these places for themselves, people may do more to help later on.

            Most people are taught, from a young age, not to talk to strangers; there is a problem with that. How are they supposed to meet new people if they never give strangers a chance? It is true, there are bad people in the world, but there are also many good people as well. Travel gives us an opportunity to meet these people and see them for who they really are. Different places have very different cultures and ways of life. By knowing why these people act differently than others, it sheds a whole new light on the world around them.

            Where a person goes is nowhere near as important as what they do when they get there. If all they do is keep to themselves, it will not be worth the trip at all. Sooner or later, without stepping out of their comfort zone, that trip will be forgotten and they will have gained nothing from it. When traveling, people usually go to places that are well known and familiar. They eat at popular restaurants and tour the famous museums. There is nothing wrong with this, but if people would take the time to try out a new spot that they haven’t heard of, it may give them an even deeper thought into a culture. Even trying a food that would never be eaten back home is a great start. They may end up loving it; if not they at least get to say they were brave enough to try it.

            Without travel, a person will never fully understand the world they live in. There are so many opportunities in the world today that gives the chance to explore and go farther than was ever thought possible a few centuries ago. Travel gives others the opportunity to see things in a completely different way. If people would open up and take a look at the different lives in this world, they would be slower to stress about some things in their own lives. They may even realize that things could be much worse then they think.