August 26, 2014

Why We Travel

We all travel. We travel as it is one of the most satisfying experiences in our otherwise regular life. Travelling from the din of our daily lives, for leisure or combined with work, is an activity that is perhaps as necessary as work itself.

We travel and learn new things about new places and then relive the experience coming back. A tourist or a traveler experiences the world in a new light and often rediscovers himself. Taking a break from the unnaturally fast paced life of today, one recalls that time passed slower not long back. Though many argue, travelling makes the person, a little bit wiser.

We are all tourists, for the joy of seeing new places, people and learning is immeasurable. The tourist travels in search of pleasure and leisure in wildlife parks, beaches, towns and villages. He strives to achieve a sense of the wonder of those ancient artists honing their skills to perfection in Khajurao or Konark, he reaches out to be one with wild nature in Bhadra or Bandipur and he treks miles to explore ancient practices of the Baigas and Bhotiyas.

Travelling opens our eyes to the wonders of our world and new vistas of knowledge while providing thrill and wisdom simultaneously. It is about breathing in the fresh whiff of sea swept air and walking through soft sand that melts at one’s feet. It is about roaming places without worry - carefree and childlike. Travel means all this and more.

However travel and tourism has more to it than just the gratification of the self. Travel conveys the responsibility to conserve places that we visit. It is an educational activity as well, for it provides a whole new insight into the natural history, culture and traditions of diverse communities. It is a stepping stone to cross-cultural friendships. Travel and tourism in its pure form is an invigorating mélange of sights, smells, tastes and sounds of the extraordinary world that we live in and continue to learn from.

Completing a tour is not just an end to itself but a window to myriad colours of life. It is an opportunity not only to discover joy in the exquisiteness of the destination but also to ensure that the splendour remains undisturbed and cherished by future generations. Above all, Tourism is about creating lasting imprints not on places we stopped by, but on ourselves - Enlightened and Enthused by every single place we visit, meals we partake, sights we behold, cultures we salute and extra lives that we live…