Why are you travelling?

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batori.inWhy are you traveling? What’s the point? I heard this question many times. So I start looking for some answers. 

So why do we travel?

BECAUSE OUR WORLD IS TOO BIG AND TOO EXTRAORDINARY TO STAY IN ONE PLACE.

We can’t choose the place where we are born but we have a choice of where we decide to go and to discover other places. If we look carefully on the map (Google maps will definitely be pleased if we asked for help) we will see how big the world is, and the place where we live is just a tiny dot. Staying in one place is the worst of all possible choices. This limits our mindset, because we would never know about places where there are people who live their life in some other way, they wear different clothes and raise their kids differently, too. We are not able to compare our world with the world of others, and consequently, we do not fully appreciate what we have.

BECAUSE IF NOT NOW, THEN WHEN? SO MANY PLACES AND SO LITTLE TIME

The truth is that people always find excuses why they shouldn’t or can’t travel. There will always be some ‘but’s’. Most of the time either its work or money. We say we can’t really quit our job, because it’s a good job, and even if it’s not true and our job makes us unhappy, we keep it, because after all it pays for all our expenses. Better this than nothing, we think. We say we can’t afford traveling, but the truth is, there are many ways to travel cheap. Just do some research and get familiar with some travel blogs: give up hotels for hostels and tents, restaurants for the street food and say ‘no’ to alcohol. Well, when you are sober, you will be in much better condition to appreciate the beauty around you.

TO ESCAPE FROM SYSTEM AND OUR MORIBUND LIFE

This is definitely the most important reason. And before I say something more about it, I start from the fact that it’s a very personal opinion and it could differ person to person. I know people, even from my close circle, who live according to the system and they are very happy. At the same time I believe that the system is not good and suitable for every one of us. For me it’s not. I just wanted to cut off myself from the belief of the society that people should live their life according to well defined path laid by the society. Finishing studies, finding a well paid job, a life partner, having children and paying bills and loans until you get old. And before you criticize me, I know that some people are ok with this kind of life and it gives them happiness. Fair enough, the only question is are these people happy, or only think they are? Do they live a life, they chose for themselves, or was it chosen by someone else? I wonder sometimes, what have we been created for? Were we born in this world only to get a good education, which will help us to find a job, which in turn will allow us to have a luxurious life and three weeks of vacation per year? And do our lives have to be limited to an unpoetic schedule: Work to home, home to work? Or maybe we came on this world as integral part of it? Maybe our role here is to understand it and discover? Maybe we need to meet other people from far places? I don’t want people to quit their jobs and studies now, but its worth to slow down for a while and to think. We should give ourselves a chance to analyze if the life with schedule really suits us. We should really give ourselves a choice.

TO LEARN NEW THINGS ABOUT WORLD AND OURSELVES

Solo traveling has this wonderful benefit; it teaches us the truth about ourselves, from the prosaic things to the very deep ones. This is because of solo traveling that now I know that I can be more patient than I imagined. When we are alone in wilderness, we have a lot of time to think about things that we didn’t or they didn’t come to our mind at all. Being alone lets us to have a conversation with ourselves. We can ask questions and we can search for the answer. Sometimes one answer leads to another question and the circle goes on. Travel teaches us listening to our intuition and soul.

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About Ojasvi Nath

Ojasvi Nath is pursuing her journalism from University of Mumbai. A prolific writer and with interest in films she writes scripts for short films.




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