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‘To Travel Is To Live’: Celebrating World Tourism Day

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

There has been a lot said and written about the term “travelling”, almost always glorifying it to the point that the everyday man believes it to be the perfect way to “find yourself”. The one thing I personally like about it is, the fact that travelling can mean so many different things to so many different people.

If looked at closely, travelling has always been a part of history, from voyages leading to colonialism to communities spreading to different parts of the world, it has been the foundation of the world as we know it today. While it is only recently that it has been connoted to a specific abstract purpose, travelling was only meant to fulfil a certain materialistic purpose earlier. It is the advent of modernity that has brought on the philosophical quest of this generation to ‘find themselves’ and the ‘true meaning of life’.

As an individual, my belief stands strong in people stepping out of their houses and venturing into unknown territories because this provides the opportunity to step out of one’s comfort zone, and face a world not quite familiar to oneself. It gives one space to look around and absorb the beauty the world has to offer, along with the opportunity to interact with new people in foreign lands and break away from the mundanity of city life. 

Travelling does not have to be about spending huge sums of money on luxurious trips, rather, ideally, it should be about exploring places and cultures never seen before, even if that means venturing to a place less frequented, like Old Delhi. Be it family, friends, or your significant other, pick a partner and gear up for an adventure of a lifetime, because life is short, and this World Tourism Day, do not forget to see a little more of it, after all, the world is your Oyster.


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Anoushka Singh

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