For a brief moment I pause……my finger hovering over the shutter button of my camera. I stop, close my eyes allowing the scene of beauty before me to become ingrained in my mind. The dense jungle, the white blanket of sand rolling towards the crystal clear turquoise sea. I take a deep breath and reopen my eyes my senses alive from what lays before me and in this moment I am happy.
I regularly find myself contemplating how beautiful this planet really is. Away from the crowds, on an empty beach or on a trail up in the mountains, I often contemplate, just stop for a moment and take everything in. They say silence is golden and strangely I can distinctly remember the first time I experienced just silence. Nothing, no wind, no birds, no cars, no human noise – pure silence really is a golden experience.
I love travel but I realise that really it is just a means that allows me to have new experiences and go on some epic journeys. It’s this that awakens my soul and makes me feel alive and it’s for this reason I truly believe that as the world becomes easier to navigate that travel can change the world.
I was lucky enough to be immersed into other cultures, faiths and beliefs from a very young age and now I’m older (and perhaps a little wiser) I am thankful for these opportunities and realise it has made me into a very well rounded human being.
So let’s teach the new children of the world about each other. Let’s not dwell on history so much. Whilst we can learn from the past our future is helping a new generation of humans to become more tolerable, more understanding and more appreciative of how incredible mother earth really is. Let’s teach travel!
A recent encounter with a Malaysian taxi driver gave me the thought for this post. He told me he wished that we were all a bit more ‘human’ towards each other, after all we are all human beings. Whilst he was unable to travel his job as a taxi driver let him meet people from all walks of life and learn about their cultures whilst being able to share some of his own experiences with them too.