The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes ‘sight-seeing.’ – Daniel J. Boorstin
I am a die-hard traveller. I do not know about you but if I set my eyes on the picture of a unique and breathtaking place, I must seek it out and ravish it with my own eyes. I once read about an overland travel between Chengdu and Shangri-la and was so intrigued by all the interesting places, people and culture that I had to be there…. at any costs. I was selfish and wanted to embrace them on my own at my own time without any distractions. Quietly I planned the trip as I did not want anyone to join me. It was a time of introspection as well and what better place than small towns with simple folks surrounded by beautiful nature. For more information on my travel in China, go to the this link.
“Experience, travel – these are as education in themselves” – Euripides
Someone once told me that travel does not change anything in her. She told me that when she comes back from her travel, her life remains the same. I really do not understand what she is trying to convey. How can you remain the same after backpacking from Nepal to India? Things that I have taken for granted in my home country are so precious and rare in these countries. For instance, clean toilets and safe transportation. To enjoy masala tea with factory workers was an experience I treasure. Out of so little, these poor people are willing to share what they have. To walk into a big train station and to be ushered to the right direction to buy the tickets without even have to ask touched my heart and regained my trust in humanity. In Nepal, the local people helped me to find the right transport to get back to my guesthouse. I was warned of greediness and wickedness of human because I travel alone but I only found kindness, generosity and helpfulness everywhere I went. When others choose to look for the ugly side of our co-habitants on earth, I choose to look for the giving and beautiful side. And I found them all the time!!!