Hi and thanks for stopping by my page.
I suppose the point of having a homepage on this site is a chance to feed our own egos in some way. A chance to talk all about ourselves in the hope that other people will find us important and interesting, well travelled and exciting.....
I'm a bit of a cynic.
I have written this page after joining VT not for those purposes. I do, however, want to join a community which shares an interest in such a wonderful and important philosophy; to see as much of this beautiful and diverse planet as we can, while we can and while it's still here.
I find with travel, as with most things, there is a lot of snobbery. Often this is aimed toward the average package tourist who is often thought to be completely unable to understand the real experience of travel, "How can you possibly appreciate a country through panes of glass in a air conditioned coach?" To some extent of course that is a very valid point and I agree absolutely that there is nothing worse than the stereotypical hotel poolside complaints of "this is nothing like home, why don't they speak English properly, I hate the food...etc" However, I dislike those who think travel is something particular to them. That their way is the only way and thus their experiences are the only experiences that matter. In my opinion, travel should not be about the number of stamps in a passport. It should be about learning something new, gaining a better understanding, breaking down barriers with others and within ourselves. And of course appreciating how very lucky we are that we are able to travel and learn more about the world and its people. A luxury that many people in this world do not and will never have.
I used to have a quote by Edward de Bono ( a psychologist) on my home page which was pretty high brow and could have been thought of as pretentious, but I liked it because I do believe it. It was "Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way". Well aye! All of us are tied into established patterns. Our careers, our families, our usual roles, our habits. Travel can provide a means of breaking free from these, even if only temporarily. Travel nurtures creativity and in that sense can only be beneficial. It can help us to see things differently, understand things better, not only in the world, but also in our own lives. I've changed my quote now after my trip to India (the land of wise sayings and personal mantras..!) Okay my new quote is not quite so deep but I take it very seriously.....
There are some that say with travel, it is not the destination but the journey that counts. In the philosophical sense I agree. In the practical sense I disagree. I loathe sitting cramped up in economy on a 13 hour flight. I can't ever enjoy the beautiful sunset from the deck of a catamaran due to my debilitating seasickness and I find myself fearing for my life when veering manically around potholes in a 4x4 with a driver who keeps turning around for far too long to talk to me instead of watching the road ahead. But all of these experiences form precious memories which are never forgotton and which enrich my life. I value each journey immensely and I guess most people on this site feel the same.