Travel Broadens the Mind

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Let me start off by asking you a few questions – do you go on a shopping spree every time you make a trip? Do you miss the high-end food you last tried? Travel, without doubt, has a lot of advantages that no one can afford to miss. But there’s more to travelling than just staying at the most expensive hotel and trying different kinds of delicacies.

So, how does travel broaden the mind? First and foremost, let me clear up one common misconception. Travelling does not necessarily mean travelling abroad; it means travel as much as one can – travel to the next town, to the seaside resort, to the small village, to the countryside, the next state, or the nearest island. It basically implies getting out of the rut, seeing other people, learning about their way of living and thinking, and thus developing a broader and more tolerant outlook towards life. Also, we believe that ‘mind’ is a collection of experiences that enrich a person’s life in ways such as open-mindedness and maturity.

Back in the 18th and 19th centuries, amongst the aristocratic families of Europe, no young man’s education was considered to be complete without travel. They either travelled as companions and employees of rich people, or joined professions which took them abroad. But why was travelling this important at that time? It’s simply because travelling was believed to be the best kind of education. It’s still true even in today’s world. Of course, travel is no substitute for the basic learning of professional knowledge. But it can be a substitute for other kinds of learning: learning to communicate, learning to live independently, to take care of oneself …

When you travel, you get the opportunity of seeing and meeting people at first hand. In Barcelona, there’s a giant temple called La Sagrada Familia which has been under construction since 1882 and its construction work is still ongoing up until now. Its magnificent design is one of its kind in the world. What’s more, if you get a...
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