Travel and Expansion of Your Consciousness

Most of us were surely amazed and even elated when the Curiosity Rover landed successfully on Mars, and beamed close-up pictures of the red planet’s terrains. We were likewise taken aback at how successful this Rover had traveled and landed on the red planet, and we could not help but feel proud of the milestones achieved by humans in this space travel. Yet, despite this amazing human exploits, the fact remains that not many people are able to travel beyond the national boundaries of their native countries. Not many of the world’s population have been able to view the majesty of the Great Pyramids of Giza, nor have they been able to bask in the magnificence of Great Walls of China. Furthermore, there are awesome places on Earth which many of us have not yet seen, and will never see, and reasons are varied as to why people couldn’t travel. It is a bit sad that this multitude of people could not even enjoy their lives through travels. Reasons such as lack of money, incapacitation, lack of time, and even different priorities, are some of the most frequently said reasons why people could not travel. Yet, with all the beneficial things and advantages one can derive from travel, it is a pity that not many people were able to enjoy and benefit from travel.

Travels can readily enlarge our consciousness and allow us to learn a lot of things. Likewise, travels let us understand and appreciate the diversity of cultures. Moreover, travels allow us to relax and replenish our strength and spirits.

Other advantages of travel are very obvious. It gives us a chance to see the wonders of the world, and also makes us reassess our convictions in the light of new learning from travel. Likewise, travels can definitely make us better persons, if we are sensitive enough to the new learning that we can glean from our travels. Yet, with all these advantages that one can derive from travels, there are still a lot of people who just view travel pictures without having actual travels. They may be imaginatively feeling the texture and nuances of those travel pictures. It would be fantastic if they are gifted with a keen imagination. However, those travel pictures will never be comparable to the real textures and nuances of actual travels.

Simple Advantages of Travels
Travel can be daunting for those who are not yet used to getting out of their comfort zones. But once one engages in actual travel, one becomes more adventurous and more open to new learning. Hence, the first benefit that you can get when you engage in actual travel is that of the expansion of your comfort zones. Faced with new and unfamiliar circumstances, you can readily adapt to the new circumstances and expand your limits. If you are a businessman, you can also see new opportunities in your travel and develop new contacts and friends. Yet, one of the greatest benefits of travel is the reinvigorating of your spirit. Additionally, you become more tolerant of different people and appreciative of the diversities of culture. Likewise, you would begin to appreciate the beauty of nature and the wonders of this planet.

On Travelling for the First Time

We can say that people either travel physically or metaphorically. Say for instance, you can use the word travel metaphorically to pertain to life as a great travel. On the other hand, you can also use the word “travel” to mean a physical travel and it is the aim of this article to discuss physical travel.

Kinds of Travels
People travel each day from one place to another. Say for instance, they travel from their home to the supermarket, school, or even to work, and then back to their home. Most people travel for miles to different cities, but each evening, these very same people go back to the very comforts of their homes. These forms of travels are just confined within a country. Yet, traveling to another country is another matter, especially, if one has to travel alone for the first time in one’s life. There is often a feeling of sadness as one bids one country goodbye. The feeling is further aggravated by the thought that one might not be able to go back immediately because one has to stay abroad for several years. Yet, as Alexander Solzhenitsyn once said, “those who go away carry the memories of those who were left behind in their travel bag.”

Well, it is but natural to feel sad and afraid whenever one leaves one’s country or homeland for there is always an element of uncertainty and the feeling of being out of control whenever one travels and one is confronted with a new culture and environment. For this reason, many would rather prefer to remain in their country because of the anxieties associated with travels. However, for some reasons, many were forced to travel to find greener pastures and hence, they got to face the consequences of being out of control in a foreign nation. Faced with the prospect of being uprooted from their motherland, these people need encouragement, and hence, should be greatly encouraged by their families and friends to face their fears that are associated with this uprooting process from their motherland. Giving some inspirational quotes of travels to these people can greatly assuage the fear that usually accompanies travels. Likewise, some of the top inspirational travel quotes from great travelers of the past can readily encourage these “would-be” travelers to face their journey with determination and hope. The great quotes on travels by Buddha, the prophet Mohammed, St. Augustine, and the Greek philosophers Horace and Aristotle can readily come in handy in calming the apprehensive hearts of these would-be travelers. Likewise, the writings of modern writers such as Francis Bacon, T.S. Eliot, and John Steinbeck surely will uplift the sagging spirits of these people. Moreover, the thoughts on travels of these great writers would greatly serve as fortifying and strengthening thoughts for those who are bereft of courage and determination to readily engage in travel.

Lastly, the hardest thing about traveling away for the first time is taking the first step towards the unknown. People who are about to travel for the first time have to gather enough courage to take the first step. Yet, once they were able to take the first step, they would readily find the succeeding steps easy and manageable.