“I beg young people to travel. If you don’t have a passport, get one. Take a summer, get a backpack and go to Delhi, go to Saigon, go to Bangkok, go to Kenya. Have your mind blown. Eat interesting food. Dig some interesting people. Have an adventure. Be careful. Come back and you’re going to see your country differently, you’re going to see your president differently, no matter who it is. Music, culture, food, water. Your showers will become shorter. You’re going to get a sense of what globalization looks like. It’s not what Tom Friedman writes about; I’m sorry. You’re going to see that global climate change is very real. And that for some people, their day consists of walking 12 miles for four buckets of water. And so there are lessons that you can’t get out of a book that are waiting for you at the other end of that flight. A lot of people-Americans and Europeans-come back and go, Ohhhhh. And the light bulb goes on.”
– Henry Rollins
Most of the time we wonder how it’s like to be in a different place with different people and a different kind of culture. We always end up daydreaming about the places we’ve never visited, and we wish to be there at some point in our lives. As days pass by, people are more engaged and interested in traveling and wandering from one place to another, be it local or international.
I remember when I was young, one of my dreams was to “travel the world”. It might sound impossible for a child to achieve this dream at a very young age, but as early as 5th grade, I knew what I really want in life. You and I may share the same dream when we’re still young, but we’re paving the way to make it possible today, definitely. [Read more…]