Travelling is not vacation. It’s an attitude towards life. It’s a part of life.
Travelling means learning. You learn about the place you’re spending time in, whether you want to or not. And every place is special. The people like different sports, drink different beer, their supermarkets look different and their ATMs work differently. I think that’s exciting and fascinating – it’s the differences that make every place and everyone special. This is what you will keep in mind. In 20 years’ time, you won’t be thinking “Ah, that vacation in xyz, where the food was like I know it from home and everything went smoothly.” No, you’ll probably be remembering the stunning natural features, one or the other sickness after trying local food, maybe even a near death experience, the communication problems, the new friends, the many times you had to change your travel schedule spontaneously to experience something much greater than your actual plan.
This is what I plan to do in my blog: I’ll collect whatever I can find about the places I visit. Everything that appears special to me. And I’ll just write it down like I’d do it in my own notebook.
I am a student, and I always will be, although I’ve just finished my final exams. While travelling, I like to think about cultures, places, food, landscapes, people and the general human condition, and how everything is linked to everything else. Sometimes I’m thinking crap, sometimes I feel like a cosmic mystery has just revealed itself to me. Sometimes it’s hard to tell one from the other, so I’ll leave it up to you. Let me know what you think!
Feedback, ideas, travel advice and your own crappy thoughts are welcome here: travelphilia [at] gmail [dot] com.
Last but not least: Thanks for reading this!
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain