Why We Must Travel
Yes, I mean that. I think all of us must travel. I propose that travelling is good news even essential to our bodies, our spirits. And why am I saying so?
When we travel, no matter how much we try to have the most comfortable or convenient travel arrangements, we are still stepping out of our normal routines, our usual comfort zone. This stretches our perspectives, our insights somehow of what life is outside of our daily lives. When we travel, we also get to meet new people, experience new cultures. In fact, it could even mean letting our tongue try a different language from our usual one. These experiences with people, cultures, languages remind us that there is a big world out there 🙂 And brings us back once again to the reality that we may have our own concerns, challenges, blessings but so do many others outside of ourselves and our usual relational sphere of family, friends, office mates.
When we travel, we pick up new ideas: how things can be done better or how things should not be done. Travelling can also open new connections and even resources we haven’t seen or known before. Think about it. Would the Western World have found out the wonderful spices that the east have to offer if explorers had not ventured beyond their usual shores? And would the east have appreciated more a democratic form of government had its people closed its travel doors towards the West? When I read Thai history, I saw reforms being initiated by King Chulalongkorn specifically in dealing with the people and monarchy due to his interactions with other cultures, his trips abroad. Travelling does change rulers, countries.
Travelling can teach us to appreciate our loved ones more. Oh, how good to know that as we finish our travel itinerary whether one of business or leisure, home is waiting for us 🙂 There is your usual house, street, office — there is your usual family member or relative, your neighbor, office mate. It seems like these people at home are kinder to you. Well, you’re wrong. You’re the one who has changed — you’re more appreciative of the familiar people, surroundings. Travelling has changed you well 🙂