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article imageOp-Ed: Traveling is more than just going somewhere

By Jerry Nelson     Jul 9, 2013 in Lifestyle
Millions of people change their location everyday. Some do it for love. Some do it for work. Some to hide. Some to seek.
But that's not traveling
Traveling can be an adventure Going somewhere that you want to explore and seeing people you've never seen before and never will see again. Travel is important because you learn about different cultures, foods and traditions.
Your self-awareness will be enhanced and your confidence will be challenged. Regardless of why you travel, it is safe to say that you will not be the same again.
People who leave home, go to the airport and land in a strange city before going to a hotel aren't travelers. People who buy the "canned tours" that stick to the glossy Chamber of Commerce brochures, are not travelers.
A real traveler sets out. They get lost. They become bewildered at the sights, sounds and smells that engulf them. They find their way, and then get lost again.
While traveling for business, a family reunion, special occasions and holidays is good, it's not traveling.
When you travel for any of these reasons, you are just getting from point A to point B. The destination is the goal. The target. The purpose for the movement through the air, across the ocean or along the ground.
But it's not traveling.
Traveling is a matter of being present in the moment. Of realizing that the purpose of the trip is not the destination, but rather the journey.
When people travel in this frame of mind, then they are truly educating themselves on what's going on in the world.
And that, my friend, is how to travel.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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