By Mike Aux-Tinee.
“Experience, travel – these are as education in themselves” -Euripides
There is only so much we can get out of a book. Sure the photos might have been taken by a professional. The author may have written a superb text, including every need to know detail. It’s possible that you are able to close your eyes and see it in your mind.
But when you open your eyes, you are not there. But the place you closed your eyes. You are sitting at the library, at work or at home. Nothing about what you experienced is real. It is all superficial and flat.
That is the only way you are going to experience the world, unless you venture out past the end of your street. Out past the familiar fields. Over the bridge that you have crossed over your entire life.
What exists over the horizon will be forever a mystery unless you travel to it and see what is there.
What may be there, may be widely known, but by those who have actually been there. You will never experience the same unless you travel there and experience it first hand.
Sure, it may require you to sit in a plane for several hours, overnight. Then get on a train, a bus or a car to reach the destination.You may have to learn how to speak a new language, convert your money and pack your clothes. But these things are a part of the process of discovery.
As you walk towards your destination, your senses are recording the surroundings. The location of the sun, the breeze blowing, the smells, water dripping down.
You bring your camera up and snap a photo. It does not matter what the object is, but it will forever place a book mark in your mind, a chapter of your life that you can go back and read as many times as you wish.
Only then will you understand. what the book could not teach you.
Travel expands the mind, the senses, more than if we just stayed put. It’s time to get out and explore the world.