The Importance of Travel

 

It isn’t about the wild stories and new adventures you will experience. It isn’t about hostels or pricey-lavish hotels. It isn’t about the exotic food. It isn’t about the majestic waterfalls or grandiose jungles. It isn’t about the souvenirs…

All of these are beautiful and great aspects of travel, but they aren’t important at all.

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“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

Gustave Flaubert

The importance of travel is learning that we are all one. You will come to a new place. Meet new faces. These faces lead completely different lives, and you will attempt to live the way they do, but you’ll never completely assimilate within that culture. You’ll understand though that although they live differently, they are no different. Although outside circumstances may differ, people are people. Love, fear, guilt, joy, poverty, corruption, factions… the list can go on… exist everywhere. You come to realize how you are a part of this greater whole and that your existence is equal to a child who runs barefoot in the streets of mud.

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“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”

Henry Miller

If you travel and refuse to eat local food, participate in their customs, and fear their spiritual practices, you will always be blind that all is one. You will continue to see the world distorted: separate. When in reality, we are all connected. Ethnocentrism will fortify the wall between peoples. To believe that your way of living is the right way will disable you from seeing the way things really are.

“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.”

Samuel Johnson

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Photos by me.

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