The Art of Travel

Travel was made possible many years ago in the age of horse-drawn carriages and railroads, however, it was used mainly as a form of transportation of people or products. Today we are lucky with the opportunities available to us when it comes to traveling. Many people take this opportunity for granted, not understanding 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.

 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. Visiting a new place gives others the chance to see that maybe they don’t have it as bad off as they think.

           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 they try out a new spot that they haven’t heard of, it may give them an even deeper insight into a new culture. Without travel, a person will never fully understand the world they live in. There are so many opportunities in the world today that give 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.