“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
Andre Gide could not have termed the action any better when he quoted the aforementioned. Travelling is the most enriching experience us anthropoids could hope for. It leaves you speechless and then turns you into a storyteller. It took me some time to realize the difference between a tourist and a traveller, having spent my life being the former. No longer just a hobby, the travelling industry has been adapted as a profession by many, with guided tours and online services made available on demand. Nevertheless, a few pieces of advice would never wrong anyone, and here I present a few of the sam
1. Be Patient
Even though this could be the most clichéd recommendation, it also proves to be the most helpful. Most people tend to aggravate when things don’t work out as planned, and forget the most vital piece of advice. Remember that travelling is a purpose to be fulfilled while keeping ever necessary evil away. Don’t sweat the stuff you can’t control.
Just take a deep breath and remind yourself of your tenacity.
2. Back up on everything
Clothes, socks, toiletries, shoes, products of medicinal care, however menial the entity might be, always pack more than one quantity of the same. There is nothing wrong in backing up on stuff, because each is a material of substance whose requirement could come up anytime.
You don’t have to be rich to travel well.
3. Don’t be afraid to travel alone
Travelling alone can seem daunting from the comfort of home. Being a solo traveller makes it much easier to interact with the locals. More importantly, you don’t need to compromise on your interests. Do not undermine the value of a good book or quality music. You can always make the effort of learning a new language, acquire a new hobby, or accomplish things you were previously hesitant of.
Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.
4. Avoid Tour Guides
Despite the fact that there are locations where the necessity of a tour guide becomes quite important, I would suggest you travel without them. Research on the place where you’re going, and talk to experienced travelers about the same. Learn to live out of your comfort zone, and take independent decisions without worrying about the consequences.
Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.
5. Don’t Dwell on Photography
Even though capturing the perfect scenery or the ideal locale might seem like an adequate documentation of your personal experience, you need to appreciate the beauty through your eyes too. Nature has mysterious ways of providing us with unforeseen and incredible sights, and it’s truly impertinent to only look through the camera lens.
We Travel not to escape life, But for life to not escape us.
In the end, remember that harmony is and will always come first. Learn to live every moment to the fullest. Happiness is a way of travel, not a destination. Do your bit to help transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure. Go someplace you’ve never been before, and keep doing the same. You’ll realize how little you actually knew about the world. The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only one page.
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.