On Traveling – Lessons and Learnings

There is lot to be learned from traveling.

Traveling highlights the common factor among all human kind; that is, at the end of the day we are all, well, humans. We all share similar aspirations, have the same needs, fears, and assurances. Look deeper and realize that although human thought processes change due to changes in resources, development, knowledge, and technology; human nature essentially remains the same. One can find connections between what happened few hundred years back and the current events and how human responses are almost identical to similar external stimuli.

Travel is a great humbling tool. As stated by Mark Twain, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

Travel is not only about making long trips to distant lands – It can be in the form of reading travelogues (with a good cup of coffee of course), traveling short distances to visit local historical and cultural sites, taking day trips to museums, watching videos and programs, picking up a country and searching it up on Wikipedia or travel website – given the will, there are many avenues to explore.

It provides the best lesson in history and evolution.


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