This blog gives you my take on why we travel to foreign parts. Put simply, we do it to experience the beauty and diversity of the world. I travel because I want to open myself to unfamiliar places - to admire their natural beauty and built environment, and to experience the cultures of their inhabitants. It's a vital part of my life.
Mauritius or Zimbabwe?
You can't get this diversity from a package holiday. Many people like the comfort of going to a familiar resort where everything is provided and paid-for. But how much more fun, adventure and experience can be gained from mixing it up. I love travelling to both western countries and the third world: Italy and Spain, Dubai and South Africa, Mauritius and Zimbabwe. Coffee and cake in the shade of a great European cathedral one trip, exploring an Arab souk the next, dancing with the locals on a beautiful beach in Mauritius, or an early morning game drive exploring the beautiful landscape of the beautiful Victoria Falls National Park.
T.S. Eliot said, "The journey not the arrival matters". Much of the thrill of travel lies in the journey. Zimbabwe home to some of Africa’s largest game reserves. I got to see the majestic Victoria Falls, on the mighty Zambezi River, went on a Safari and spotted all of the Big Five game species; Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard and Rhinoceros. The Zimbabwean people are amazingly warm and will always help a stranded traveller.
Travel as an aid to online business
Travel can open doors, not only in personal relationships but in business. No-one likes a travel bore, but a well chosen anecdote or fact gleaned from your travels can really impress an employer or potential client. The prophet Mohammed said, "Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled." And modern communications - the laptop lifestyle - means that we can contribute to business discussions from all over the world. My online business has never suffered from my travelling; on the contrary it has benefited greatly from it. Travel has broadened my thinking, taught me subtlety and given me many new insights.
Seize the day!
So why not step out of your comfort zone and do some independent travelling? You'll be sorry if you don't.
There are plenty of websites, Lonely Planet and the Rough Guides to help you on your way.
You'll find yourself enjoying experiences that you could never imagine from your living room. As Mark Twain put it, "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore, Dream, Discover.”
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Explore, Dream, Discover.
Thank you for reading my blog.