With the rise in popularity of bright and highly saturated photos of people enjoying the beach, mountain ranges, and faraway resorts that show up on our social media feeds, one may begin to wonder, “what is the point of travel?” Of course, there is no objective answer to such a vague question — which makes it all the more complicated.
Essentially, to travel is to go to different, often distant and unfamiliar places for the sake of exploration and/or leisure. For example, a person from the metro may enjoy a trip to a woodland cabin and someone from the countryside may find amusement in the busy avenues of the city. It is an activity that often requires us to go out of our comfort zones, meet new people, and experience new things. Unfortunately, the over-commercialization of travel has lead to so many misconceptions. Some people think that it’s unnecessary or expensive while others even believe that travel is just an ostentatious display of wealth.
These opinions are nothing more than ramblings of the misinformed, uninterested, and the envious. To limit oneself for fear of being labeled as boastful or pretentious is foolish. The perpetually disapproving members of our society will always have something to say whether you like it or not. It’s a sad reality but with it comes an unconventional air of encouragement. Now, because nobody is invulnerable to the judgment of others, we might as well be judged for doing something that we like. Which, in this case, is traveling.
All things are ephemeral
If you have the resources, there is absolutely no reason to put off your travel plans. We may think that we are too busy with work, or too tired with all the responsibilities that we have. Oftentimes, these are just excuses that we have internalized for so long that even we have come to believe it.
Everything that we see, hear, and feel is transitory. The vast ocean, the flowing rivers, and the large trees will not be here forever, and neither will we. Ephemerality is a concept that may not easy to grasp because as humans we tend to be conceited. We think that what we have now will always be here. Hence, we take things for granted. Now is the time to change this mindset.
Our horizons need to expand
The mundanity of our daily routines often gives us a bad kind of tunnel vision. We focus so much on being a “successful, business-minded adults” that we often forget to realize that the modern-day concept of success is highly flawed. One does not become successful by earning more than one’s peers, or owning a brand new car. Success, I believe, does not always have to be banausic. One can only be truly successful once they acquire a sense of genuine fulfillment.
Travel helps us expand our horizons. Once we become aware of how immense our world is, we realize that we are only small transient beings in this physical reality, our problems — as with our very own existence — is temporary.
Break the imposed ideals
Some of the rules in our society are purely unreasonable expectations set by unreasonable people. As adults, it is our right — our duty, even — to question the ideals that have been imposed to us in our juvenile phase.
We were raised to believe in the idea of numbers. We were told that when we grow up, we need to earn more money, make more friends, and gain more supporters. We were told that we had to do our jobs as quickly as possible, otherwise we would “run out of time.” Thus, we became slaves of time, a concept merely created by man. Our life's worth is more than just how much we earn. To break these ideals, we have to go beyond our own little bubbles. Pop them, if you must. See places that you’ve never seen, watch the stars with someone you love, or jump from a ledge and let the waves embrace you. Do what frightens you until it no longer does.
Traveling is so much more than a chance to post something nice on your social media profile. For me, traveling is a catalyst for our own beneficial change.
What does traveling mean to you? Let me know in the comments section below.
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