I have read many books that promise to reduce the cost of travel, yet I confess that I have never completely mastered the frugal concepts brought forth in these self-help books. There is always a crisis, at the last minute to shred my budget. All is not lost! There is good news – travel is not limited to distance. Coming home is just the beginning of reconnecting with your own country.
“The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton
First rule – travel light.
“If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.”
Our world is open to all, but it relies on our eyes and ears to accept and cherish the stories that come to us through our journeys. Travelling is weaving a tapestry of fresh colours, ideas and dreams.
“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”
“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
When I travel, I can always gauge another person’s happiness and disposition by how they order a morning coffee. Simply travelling a few hundred miles will not transform you – it just magnifies your character.
“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”
Oscar Wilde’s life WAS sensational. After all, he was the famous Irish writer and poet who wrote a masterpiece, “The Importance of Being Ernest.” And he truly believed in the importance of being Oscar Wilde.
We live exciting lives of adventure, discovery and drama. I think that our diaries are sensational! We should always carry them with us to read on our journeys….
Travelling appears to be in our DNA. Given the migration patterns throughout the centuries, travelling appears to be a survival impulse, a necessity for continued existence.
Today, we travel to explore, have fun and flee the chains of labour. We plan our vacations with careful precision; when we return to reality, we are already planning our next excursion. This week, I will be posting thoughts about travel – where we go and where we come from…which, in many cases, may be the same place.
“We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.”