By: Gary White (Instagram: garywhitephotography1)
What is your one travel dream? That one place, that more than all others, is the place that you dream of and hope to go to in your lifetime? Real travel is when you take to the open road and you accept everything that comes your way be it thrilling, joyful, difficult or depressing.
This is what the original explorers did, this sense of wonder is proven. Unfortunately, efficiency and technology are killing our sense of wonder – the very thing that made us want to travel in the first place.
Today, travel is almost entirely predictable. We can search for the Eiffel Tower on the Internet and we can look at 500,000 pictures of it. So when we finally go to Paris and see the Eiffel Tower for ourselves we are not actually experiencing the Eiffel Tower we are simply comparing it to the expectations that technology has provided us. We have lost something from the experience of travel.
Just because we can fly does not mean we always have to fly. Sometimes in life, we should take the bus and go slowly. Sometimes we should enjoy and embrace every discovery as it comes to us. Taking a bus, a train or other public transportation halfway around the world forces us to place trust in complete strangers. Generally, people are wonderful and trustworthy and travel reinforces this constantly.
The opposite of wonder is terror. Unfortunately, we live in a day and age that is defined by terror and it often defines the way we travel. Right now we are being taught to be afraid of everything. In fact, I think we are more afraid now than we ever have been. The only antidote to terror is trust and one of the ways that we build trust is through travel. Travel is one of the greatest human freedoms ever. I will say it again, travel is one of the greatest human freedoms ever.
All of us are writing our lives in the present tense, right here and right now. We always want to control the story. We want to add certain teachings. But if we do that too much, not only do we diminish the sense of wonder or our path in life, but maybe we cancel out another possibility altogether or miss out on a discovery that is far more invigorating and enlightening and that may have been perfect for us to live in.
My message is very simple: We need to plan less. Do not be a tourist in life, just taking pictures as it happens, instead, you need to travel.