Every traveler goes on a journey for various reasons. Some just want to relax, escape from their daily routine, unpleasant people or a bad weather. Others feel the need to travel to learn another language and culture of a country of their interest, to meet new people or to see new places. Others through travel try to heal some deep wounds in their soul, to find a new meaning to their lives, or to understand themselves, their talents and mission in life better. Regardless of the reason, every traveler leaves his familiar surroundings simply because they WANT to travel, because they like the process of travel, and all other reasons only form their intention to go somewhere. As Robert Lewis Stevenson once said, “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”
You’ll say “But to get to know yourself, become happy or relaxed, you don’t need to go anywhere” Yes, that’s true. All the answers to our questions lie within us, and we really don’t need any external factors to understand ourselves better. But what traveling really helps us with is to see ourselves through the world around us, painting our life not only in black and white, but using the entire color palette. While traveling, we learn to see the world in all of its diversity just as it really is, and not as we imagined it to be. As St. Augustine noted, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”
This picture was taken near lake Manasarovar in Tibet on our trip with Kailash.pro in 2015. Their next tour to Tibet is coming up in September of this year.