The word “travel” is used in everyday conversations more often than before. The strange part is that it’s different to everyone I speak to and is changing with each passing day.
What is Travel to you??
For most of the people around me it’s only about clicking pictures and posting on social media telling the world that they were there. If you haven’t tagged yourself on Facebook you clearly didn’t visit that place. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against it at all because I myself am part of it (not the tagging but otherwise), however all said and seen that is surely not my “ultimate motive” of travel.
I travel to experience, relax and also make new friends. Sometimes I travel to get away from regular life. Many times actually 🙂 so clicking pretty pictures is not my main aim of travel.
Last year in Buda castle I saw tourists who started clicking selfies as soon as they reached. I swear they didn’t even see the building in front of them!! All of this makes me wonder about what travel is.
The Effort behind Travel
I am also sometimes surprised when people overlook or forget the effort it takes to actually plan a trip. It takes weeks and sometimes months for a trip to come together. Figuring logistics whether traveling solo or in a group is a Herculean task. There is so much hard work that goes behind it to make it happen. Sometimes one has to let go of current comforts to make it succeed. It could be as small as eating out less or as big as working extra hours to earn more money. (These are only some of the reasons that I think travel becomes possible apart from the need to travel of course.)
Sadly people have assumed that a particular person travels because of family wealth or because of a sponsored trip. Passion and hardwork are the foremost but they seem to be out of the picture. I truly hope that it changes in the years to come and people not only respect everyone traveling but also understand what it means to travel. I respect everyone’s style but just think this post was needed 🙂
So what is travel to you??