Travels and Paradigm Shifts

One of my favorite writers, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote in “The Fellowship of the Ring” that “not all those who wander are lost.” Obviously, he got a point for there are people who wander from one place to another, not because they have lost their way, but because they just want to discover new places and learn new ideas. The great men of the past such as Lao Tzu, Buddha, Herodotus, and many more, had traveled from one place to another to learn new ideas, seek new truths, and learn new ways of life. They definitely came back to their points of origin more knowledgeable, wiser, richer with new experiences, and with different paradigms. The radical changes in their personalities are aptly summarized by Francis Bacon when he said that at the start of his travel, he got plenty of convictions; at the end of his travel, he also end up with new convictions and a lot of shattered convictions.

Travel can be a lot of fun and can reinvigorate our sagging energy and zest for life. It is a way of getting a new lease in life, a new beginning, and definitely a new learning. Hence, before one travel, one has to loosen up a bit one’s convictions to accommodate new learning.

Yet, not many people were blessed with the chance of traveling to a lot of places. In fact, there are thousands or even millions of people who have never gone beyond the boundaries of their states or countries. They are so inured to poverty or even to work that they can’t even get the chance of experiencing the adventures brought about by frequent travels. Hence, they fail to see the Seven Wonders of the World, and don’t bring back with them awesome travel pics.

Start with a Plan
Travels start with a plan. I have known of people who travel minimally and without much money. They sometimes take advantage of travel promos and they travel lightly. Other people are sometimes left wondering how these people were able to travel with minimal budget. The catch is that—these people got travel plans, and unless you got your own travel dreams and plans, you might end up like the billions of people who weren’t able to see even one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Hence, you got to start with a plan, and make a timetable for your plans. Say for instance, if you want to go to Egypt, you got to position yourself slowly for the achievement of that plan. You got to have a timetable; then work to achieve that timetable. You should find a work that would enable you to have a fantastic holiday abroad. Your work should let you have the luxury of time and money for this dream travel.

Works such as day trading, for example, can be a viable way of achieving your dream, giving you the needed income and time to travel while working. However, if you feel that in the coming years, your work will never afford you the luxury of time and money for a nice travel, then I guess it’s time for you to resign from your work and find a more suitable work that would allow you to fulfill your dream. After all, life is too short not to achieve your travel dream.

Travels and Civilizations

The most famous travellers were known in history because they had recorded their activities and observations as they traveled to the different ancient places. These well-known travellers became famous due to their keen understanding and analysis of the different cultures and ways of life of those people that they were able to visit. Their writings were thereafter borrowed by orators, poets, and writers, and passed on from one generation to another as source of knowledge of the ancient world. Likewise, their keen insights into the cultures and ways of life of the ancient cities and places they had visited gave us a glimpse of how the ancient people had lived and flourished in the past.

The Value of their Writings
Quotes and memoirs about travels can be very inspirational to people who are still wary or apprehensive of traveling and leaving someone or something behind. Some of the most helpful and inspiring quotes on travels are those of the ancient philosophers like Buddha and Confucius and their writings on travels have a tinge of spirituality and universality. However, as we look at the various literatures on the advancement of civilizations from the ancient times to the present, we will readily see and view quotes about travel of some famous people who had written their personal accounts of their travels. Their travel writings might be fictional or real, yet we will surely learn from them, and get a glimpse of the lives of ancient people and cultures.

Some writings about travels in the past were not pertaining to the actual life situation of the writers. Leonardo da Vinci, for example, once said that “for once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” Da Vinci’s idea seemed to be expressive of air travel despite the limitations of the technology of his time. Likewise, French novelist and poet Jules Verne proposed the viability of underwater voyages and space travel well beyond the imagination of men of his era.

Creating travel accounts in the past wasn’t a domain which was strictly restricted to poets, philosophers, and holy men. Anyone could make a travel account about his/her sojourns to different places as long as he/she knew how to write. Likewise, travel accounts could be readily written by people who had a keen sense of observation, and people who were good with words could readily set their experiences of travels into writings.

Lithograph’s Invention
The introduction of lithograph in the 1500’s has made written travel accounts readily available to people, although most of the early books contained mixed varieties of topics which seldom pertain to travels. Yet, nowadays we are greatly thankful that we have the internet which allows us to readily learn from the travel blogs of people who had experienced traveling to the different wonderful places of the world. Their insights into the world of traveling readily give us a new perspective on how it feels to travel to different places. Likewise, their keen observations of the different cultures and ways of life of the different people of the world have given us enough understanding of the ways of life of other people. In a way, we can readily learn from their travel accounts and expand our perspectives about the world without necessarily engaging in actual travels.