Have you seen the movie ‘Into the wild’? It’s a biographical adventure drama film based on the true story of Christopher McCandless, a man who hiked across North America into the Alaskan wilderness in the early 1990s. Sounds exciting right?
Travelling is so IN now-a-days don’t you think? 1 in every 10 Instagram users claims to be travellers. #photooftheday is the third most used hashtag today! With 480 million Instagrammers using it. And every picture they upload seems to have quotes straight out of Robin Sharma’s books, which I confess I can hardly fathom. But it’s not that travelling has become such a trend all of a sudden. From time immemorial, man is fond of travelling from one land to another. They have crossed the mountains on foot and the vast seas by ship to see new land and know new people. The conveyance was, in those days, a great problem for the travellers. Still, they never stopped and kept on venturing through the deserts, hills and jungles, crossing the rivers and the seas to reach their destination.
Travel is an outcome of a man’s insatiable curiosity for knowing and exploring his environment. Ever since man set foot on this earth, he has been wandering from place to place, in search of food, shelter, knowledge. It was the spirit of adventure, which led Colombus to discover America and Vasco-de Gama to India. It led Marco Polo to gain a first-hand account of the great Moghul period and Huen Tsang to write about the ancient glorious period of Chandragupta Maurya.
It provides a welcome change from the drudgery of the daily routine. The only opportunity to transcend the mechanical and trivial existence of daily life. Thus, life is made more refreshing and invigorating.
Travellers from foreign lands arrived in India from time to time. Fa-Hein and Huen Tsang recorded many important and interesting facts of the contemporary life and society of India. They surveyed the social, political, economic and geographical conditions of the country. Megasthenes, a Greek traveller, lived as an ambassador in the court of Chandragupta Maurya for a long time. His vivid account of the empire of Magadha gives us an idea of the nature of monarchy, administration, civilization and culture that prevailed in India during the period.
In those days, travelling was very strenuous, expensive, hazardous and risky, because there were no roads or easy communication facilities. No proper map was available for the guidance of the traveller.
Travelling provides immense delight and wonderful knowledge because it brings one in close and direct contact with the people and society of the land that is visited. By travelling to a foreign land, one can watch, enjoy the beautiful scenery, artworks, monuments and various other works of importance and interest, and learn many things in life by exchanging ideas and thoughts with the people of other countries and cultures. Thus, he can act as a self-appointed ambassador of his own country and establish a tie of international relations with foreign countries.
Travelling has educative value. Knowledge about the new land and new people, about their life, customs, manners and their culture and civilization helps one in his life. He can write useful books on the subject, which again help the other people in acquiring knowledge. Thus travelling to far off lands is considered as a valuable adventure. It is by the tremendous urge for travelling that man has discovered new lands, new islands, new rivers and new people on this earth. Travelling is such an adventurous enterprise that any and everybody cannot dare to attempt. It is only the enthusiastic ones who come out from their peaceful dwelling place to rick the journey and move to unknown destinations with reckless passion. It really needs in-born courage and strong stamina to venture daring voyages with thrill and honest spirit of adventure.
Explorers like Columbus or Vasco da Gama are rare nowadays. Adventurers like Yuri Gagarin or Sir Edmund Hillary are hardly noticed. Still, it is the explorers in different ages that brought the world nearer to us. It is the quest of knowledge and the indomitable spirit of adventure that has always inspired a man to undertake hazardous to travel far off lands and discover new people and land.
Don’t travel for Instagram stories, travel to feel the vibe of the places you go to,
To embrace the winds waiting for you just outside that airport,
The lands you step on, far far away from your hometown,
Let it show you the worlds existing past the mundane of your own.
So go out, collect your postcards and share your wonderful experiences with the world!
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