listening to mediocre travel stories are fine, it might simply mean the person in charge of the narrative isn’t well-versed in the art of creative storytelling.
What irks me is the “jaded traveller”, the one who believes he has seen and done it all.
He will nonchalantly dismiss the most amazing sights and sounds as being “pedestrian” according to his evolved standards.
He is the eternal nemesis of the casual traveller who still finds joy in exploring new and unusual destinations.
Statements like “Wow, did you see the lights in Paris?” will be met with “Yeah, hundreds of times, might as well have stayed home that year!”
Ironically some who have travelled to the far corners of the globe don’t always experience the true soul of the places they visit.
Once you’ve reached your destination, close the door of your expensive hotel room and walk down to the local corner shop.
Drink a coffee or get a beer, or for that matter anything that passes for the local “beverage of choice”.
You often discover the heartbeat of a foreign town or a city when you explore the areas not necessarily billed as “Top Tourist Attractions” .
The view from the bus, the train or the taxi doesn’t always cut it.
Mingle with the “real” people of the area.
And go back to beloved destinations…
Nothing in the universe remains static, change is inevitable.
Finding “the change” in a familiar place can be often more rewarding than finding a new place altogether.
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life”
― Michael Palin
“Personally I like going places where I don’t speak the language, don’t know anybody, don’t know my way around and don’t have any delusions that I’m in control. Disoriented, even frightened, I feel alive, awake in ways I never am at home.”
― Michael Mewshaw
“Tourists went on holidays while travellers did something else. They travelled.”
― Alex Garland, The Beach
(The picture was inspired by a photo of Charlien Muller. For a change the photo of an artist inspired some more… art? Please check out her artworks nonetheless!)