To Travel is to Live

By Liso Donaldson    27-Mar-2013 11:17 UTC+02:00

travel“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

I myself am a great fan of traveling. I enjoy visiting beautiful places and collecting those cherished memories in my heart. Given a chance I would love to travel every weekend with my family, friends and loved ones. Traveling is an experience that provides a welcome break from the monotonous and hectic schedule of the day to day life.

Visiting different places offers a wonderful opportunity to know the diversity with which the world is filled, the culture and tradition of various nations and know the different lifestyles and habits of people at the same time. Traveling allows you to enter an altogether different world which is a unique experience in itself.

Traveling provides you with firsthand experience and may help widen your knowledge of the place you are visiting. Although, you can read books and magazines, surf the internet, or watch a video about the place, nothing is like being physically present at the place yourself. While you are there, you can experience the taste of the food you might have read or seen, talk to the locals to learn more about the place, meet new friends, and see the actual stuff with your own eyes.

We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again — to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.

Abroad is the place where we stay up late, follow impulse and find ourselves as wide open as when we are in love. We live without a past or future, for a moment at least, and are ourselves up for grabs and open to interpretation.

For if every true love affair can feel like a journey to a foreign country, where you can’t quite speak the language, and you don’t know where you’re going, and you’re pulled ever deeper into the inviting darkness, every trip can leave you puzzling over who you are and whom you’ve fallen in love with and as they say, the best love affairs never really end.

World famous Danish author, poet, and fairy tale writer, Hans Christian Andersen, wrote : “To move, to breath, to fly, to float, to gain all while you give, to roam the roads of lands remote. To travel is to live.”

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