Why Is Travel So Important In Today’s World?
Peace and Harmony. To me, that is why travel is so important. Of all the things travel can create, peace and harmony are the biggest. And these can be reached in so many ways. Allow me to explain my thoughts to you.
On our planet, we have 196 counties spread across 7 continents. Among these countries continents, there are roughly 6,500 spoken languages. With so many differences among us all, it is easy to see how easy it is to misunderstand each other. Many of us have allowed these differences to create conflict between us. Much of this conflict comes from ignorance or lack of information.
What many people forget is, that even among all of our differences, we have one major thing in common. We are ALL ONE RACE. The HUMAN race. And THIS is where travel comes in.
In order to understand each other better, we need to learn about each other. Now, anyone can heat to a library or surf the internet and read about other cultures, countries, and people. But by going about it this way, you only receive part of the information. The other part of the information comes from the experiencing the cultures, countries, and people from other areas of the world. When you’re learning to cook, do you just read the recipes or do you actually try to follow the recipe and cook the dish?
Traveling can open your mind and give you a different perspective. If all you ever saw and experienced was a small town of 100 people, could you ever say you understand the world? Why others think differently, or act differently? You can’t know what anything is like until you experience it.
Travel can give this world both peace and harmony. The more people in this world that aren’t afraid to experience the world there are, the better chance we have of getting along with one another. This is where it becomes hard to reach this goal.
Many individuals choose to isolate themselves from experiencing the world. So many times I’ve heard the excuses of fear or finances. People in America claim they are afraid of traveling abroad. Afraid they will be caught up in a terrorist attack or robbed in a foreign country. But they don’t stop to think that these things are just as likely to happen in our own country.
Others say “I can’t afford the trip” or “I don’t have the time”. Both of these are pure excuses. If you want to do something, you’ll find a way. With so many books and guides out there on budget travel, financing a trip is not even an excuse. Yes, you might have to leave your comfort zone and forego the 5-star hotel. But that is where you get the most bang for your buck, outside your comfort zone. How can you experience life in another country if you’re just lounging by a pool or only visiting the “tourist traps”.
So, you can’t find the time to go on a trip? Are you really that busy or are you just not willing to sacrifice and MAKE the time. Again, if you really want something, you’ll find a way. Would you rather spend your weekends at home relaxing, or get more stuff accomplished and free up the time needed to travel. Many of us have duties or activities that we CHOOSE to do, not HAVE to do.
All of the excuses are what are holding back the peace and harmony. I’m not saying every trip is life altering. Many aren’t. Putting together the experiences of many trips can be though. If we all experience more of the differences, we can find peace and harmony. Perhaps if it is just for the fact that we become thankful for what we have.
Yes, it is hard to leave your comfort zone. Yes, it can be terrifying at the same time. No, it isn’t easy to give up one thing just so we can do another. There is nothing worth doing in this world that is easy. Is finding peace and harmony in this world easy? Not at all. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth the effort.