I want to travel to a lot of places and meet a lot of people from different background and with different entities. Traveling, as I consider it now, gives me this particular vibe of happiness that no one and nothing can ever give me. I ask myself, "Why travel?" I do not know, too, but how far should we travel?
I once heard this phrase from a travel show in National Geographic Channel and it says:
"When we go different places, we should not just be tourists but we should be travelers."
I forgot the title of the show but those words meant a lot to me. At first, I was in mere confusion of the difference/s between the two words that the host used but it rang a bell to me when he explained it clearly. He continued by saying that to be a tourist is to merely experience the 'good' (or ‘positive,’ as what he used in explaining) things in the place where we’re heading/we headed to and to be a traveler is to experience the life in there and at the same time, understand the situation and where the people are coming from. To some, this might sound as something noble but I tell you, when you get to a good glimpse of the life and the social reality in a particular place, the wisdom is more rewarding than ever.
To be honest with you all, the main reason behind why I accepted the youth exchange program at Bangkok last March 2013 was to travel (well, aside from the fact that I was and I really am curious on what Thailand looks like in person and what really ASEAN is all about.) Not only that I was able to experience what is it like to be in Bangkok and met a lot of people from there, but also I was able to get a good grasp of what is it like to be with Bangkok — from Pat Pong, night markets, traffic on the road at 1 AM, to their bigger issues in their society, I was able to experience it.
My inspiration was this article. The title says "3 Reasons to Travel While You’re Young." I guess I would not have to explain what the article is all about but the very one thing that I have developed after reading it was my love for travelling and my love for exploring. I believe that to explore is to experience something new; something unusual to us and to our routines.
To end this, I will leave you an insight to ponder upon + a poem from Edna St. Vincent Millay entitled “Travel.”
What, I think, triggers our love for travelling and/or exploring is something innate to us. It was taught to me by a Chinese movie (Speed Pioneer) which I watched on Screen RED, a movie channel featuring Asian films, and one of the character asked, "Why do the young people leave our village?" The other one, a lady, said, "It is because human hearts can never be satisfied." True, indeed, that many of us are not easily satisfied with what we have in life and we keep searching, asking for more. Is it bad? No, as long as we are changing our lives to be better. What makes it bad is when we do not know our limits and we do not know what we are searching for in life.
But I believe that we do not really leave because we are longing for more. We leave because we want to experience something new, and that is inevitable of us. We leave because we want to learn new things in life because that is how life should be — progressive, never regressive; forward, never backward.
Edna St. Vincent Millay
The rail road track is miles away,
And the day is loud with voices speaking;
Yet there isn’t a train goes by all day
But I hear its whistles shrieking.
All night there isn’t a train goes by,
Though the night is still for sleep and dreaming,
But I see its cinders red on the sky,
And hear its engine steaming.
My heart is warm with the friends I makes,
And better friends I’ll not be knowing;
Yet there isn’t a train I wouldn’t take,
No matter where it’s going.