“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
Traveling is taxing for some people while it is enjoyable for some people. It depends on the mindset of the person. Those who are lazy don’t appreciate traveling. They appreciate staying in one place to enjoy their life. On the other hand, those who appreciate lively life enjoy traveling immensely. Traveling is very good as it helps come out of one’s comfort zone; see new places; meet people with diversified languages, cultures, and habits. It helps people understand and respect others’ cultures, languages and food habits. It provides broader perspective of the world; promotes tolerance and enhances empathy. It helps lead life effectively. It also promotes fraternity and brotherhood apart from building confidence.
Traveling helps you discover yourself. It makes you emotionally more intelligent to excel as a leader. traveling is essential to excel as a well-rounded personality. It helps you plan and organize well. It inculcates self-discipline. It helps you encounter new challenges and overcome the fear of unknown.
Traveling broadens your horizons. It helps you to be open minded, offers break to your routine life and provides patience. It relieves stress and unwinds your mind. You can make new friends. You will discover your strengths and weaknesses. You can observe the behavior of people around you.
Traveling is also education. It is for this reason some of the educational institutions send their students on tours to different locations to understand various aspects of life.
Traveling is a transformation tool. It transforms and provides new direction to your life. For instance, Steve Jobs visited India as a young man in the ‘Hare Krishna movement’ and spent some time. It provided a new direction to his life. Traveling helps you introspect and reflect on your life. It opens new areas to explore. Many great leaders traveled and learned many things. They transformed themselves. If you look at Buddha, he traveled widely and transformed himself and the people around him.
There are many ways to learn such as by observation, experience, reading, reflecting, teaching, training and traveling. Learning is not confined to classroom alone. It is beyond books and classroom. There are writers who travel and write by observing nature and people. When you look at Paulo Coelho he traveled and wrote a book The Alchemist based on his experience. traveling provides a clear view of the world, and for some people, it unlocks their creativity to write books based on the happenings around them. There are travel writers who travel extensively to author books. And to become a travel writer, it is essential to be passionate about traveling, and have an inquisitive and open mind. The travel writer must also have a healthy body, an observant mind and the ability to express in words easily.
To Travel is To Lead
I had the privilege of traveling along with the top dignitaries in India in MI 17 helicopter when I served in Indian Air Force. I traveled to several parts of India in MI 17 helicopter, met diversified people and learned various cultures and habits. It helped me empathize with them and respect all people. I traveled to thick forests in North East India, hot deserts in Rajasthan and frost bound height in Himalayas. I got habituated to inclement weather conditions and built a healthy body with great stamina. My mind also became healthy as I interacted with diversified people in India. Traveling helped me improve my attitude, personality and behavior. I started leading in armed forces. Then I realized that to travel is to lead.
If people don’t travel, they live like frogs in the well. Hence, it is essential to cultivate the habit of traveling in the young age itself to enable the youth to grow with empathy and tolerance. To summarize, it is essential for people to travel to come out of their comfort zone to see the beauty of the nature and understand diversified people in the world. To conclude in the words of Aldous Huxley, “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.”
“When I was very young I discovered that, for me, a journey is the best way to learn.” – Paulo Coelho
Prof. M.S. Rao
International Leadership Guru
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