We, travellers, are surrounded by the multitude of travel quotes – most of them motivational ones and you probably know many, as they are repeated over and over again.
Today, a few quotes that are less known, but they perfectly describe the way I travel.
Have you ever thought about it? Have you ever admired a foreign place saying it’s so much better than your home? Everyday life gets boring and we’re trying to run away.
But are those faraway places really better? Well, they are definitely different, but they attractiveness is caused by novelty and surprise.
I do like coming back home, but I can only appreciate it fully when I’m away.
We could talk about stereotypes here, about the most typical types of travellers and tourists. Travellers as people who try to understand other cultures and local inhabitants, and tourists who stay in tourist ghettos afraid of what is beyond.
It’s oversimplification, I know, because those travelling independently are often more tourists than travellers, and not every person who opts for package holiday is an unaware idiot as some well-experienced travellers like saying.
Travelling has taught me a lot, I began paying attention to things I was unaware of, and my understanding of the world has changed a lot.
Still, I often see how some people return home full of disprespect to other cultures and customs, and look down on others even more than before. Then, I often wonder: did we really return from the same country?
That’s why I visit the places I visit! I love uncertainty and a bit of insecurity! I’ve been told many times I should try to explore my country more before I decide to travel to distant and exotic places. Every time I say I love my country and travelling in Poland gives me a lot of pleasure, but the lack of control and disorientation is what I like on holidays and I cannot really experience it travelling in my own familiar surroundings.
Sometimes other people are surprised that I don’t mind lying on the beach, visiting museums, wandering around, visiting a place of little importance – anything that might be considered boring.
It all depends on your attitude. Your attitude and the lack of expectations that everything needs to be the best, that something must be going on. Pleasure comes from moving, continuing up and down the road, observing, not just ticking important sights off your list.
I consider boredom a part of slow travel idea. I don’t find boredom bad – for me it’s just stopping for a moment, observing, being amused at the world and to do that I can’t hurry.
Boredom is the reason why I like travelling idependently – nobody rushes me, forces me to see this or that or becomes impatient with me lagging behind.
There are times when I say I’m never bored, and it’s because I always do something – be it relaxing or thinking – some might consider it doing nothing, not me. For me it’s an enjoyable part of everyday life.
So, these are the quotes that describe how I travel.
Do you find yourself in any of them?