The advantages of traveling | |
| | |Robert Louis Stevenson's observation that books though good enough in their own way are a "mighty bloodless substitute for | |life", has always appeared to me as correct and rich with meaning. Those who live in a narrow. confined society find it | |difficult to develop an out-going personality: they, at times, are not to tolerant and it is always easy for them to fall | |into a dull routine. Amongst the aristocratic families of Europe of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries no young man's | |(or young woman's for that matter) education was considered to be complete without travel. Those who were not lucky enough | |to have adequate funds found other means of traveling. They either traveled as companions and employees of the rich people.| |or. if adventurous and daring. joined professions which took them abroad. People have traveled as tramps and stowaways. The| |whole world of commerce and the colonial system grew out of this urge for travel and adventure. Traveling does not | |necessarily mean traveling abroad: it means traveling as much as one can - travel to the next town. to the seaside resort, | |to the small hill station, 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. | |Traveling is the best kind of education. Of course, it is no substitute for the basic learning of the three R's. But it can| |be a substitute for most other kinds of learning. For when we travel we get the opportunity of seeing and knowing people at| |first hand. One sees them as people. but meets them as individuals....
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