“I believe that travel is a teacher, one that wakes up your senses when you’re out of your comfort zone…It allows you to see the world with fresher eyes and realize that life doesn’t have to be a certain way. We could and can be better.”
-Jedidiah Jenkins, The Great Discontent.
Travelling has been an indispensable part of human evolution: wheels were invented by humans so that they could travel from one place to another, roads were constructed to make commute easier and the innovation has brought us to the stage where we can travel on the water and in the sky as well. It is because people travelled that societies have transformed, new discoveries have taken place, and the world has become bigger and better. Ancient philosophers and writers would actively use travel to gain knowledge and wisdom both about the world and about themselves. As Derek Walcott wrote, “I read; I travel; I become.”
With the advent of capitalism, ‘travel’ became an industry dictated by the norms of the marketing conventions of the day. Travelling became a luxury and media helped in portraying it as one. When the basic needs such as health and education could not get away from capitalism, how could travel escape? Something this sacred got reduced to a mere three nights/two days holiday package.
This idea of travelling as a consumerist troubled me; my inquisitiveness and curious mind made me use the old and authentic method of travelling. I quit my job and started travelling on a daily budget of Rs 300. Travel can shape your personality and your perspective towards life. I'm sharing with you the five ways in which you can travel to shape the best version of you.
I have experienced the power of travelling in these five ways and my life has been renewed with its power. Don’t mix ‘holidays’and ‘vacations’ with eye opening, life fuelling, and mind cleansing travel. Treat travel like life’s classroom. What you will gain is a priceless education. It will stay with you long after the daffodils are no longer blooming.