5 Life Lessons From 5 Years Of Travelling The World
I’ve read a lot of blog posts and articles about long term travel. I find most of them to be overly romantic, filled with an exaggerated sense of meaning. Travel is a different lifestyle, but I’d never say that it automatically ‘means’ more or ‘changes you’ more than a conventional life can. People can have wildly different life experiences, whether they’re travelling or not. It’s those experiences that can change a person, and it’s not always important where they happen or why.
I do find myself agreeing with a lot of this Man’s feelings on long term travel. From the idea of a wide and varied, but ultimately thin experience, to the difficulty in committing to other parts of life. I’ve seen many examples of what he writes about, both in myself, and in others. Even with all of the possible down sides, it seems like everyone who travels this way at least once in their lives comes away with a common feeling. They never regret having done it.
Neither do I.
Where is Humanity going? What will things be like in a few hundred years? If some of us have our way, it will look something like this:
Wanderers – a short film by Erik Wernquist from Erik Wernquist on Vimeo.
I don’t usually go in for overly inspirational stuff. Most of it is contaminated in one way or another by religion, spirituality, or some other form of new age belief system. It’s always nice to see inspiration rooted in the simple, beautiful world we actually live in. No magic is required. Only understanding.
I came across this in a used bookstore here in Jerusalem. The film is still my favourite thing to watch. I’ve never read the entire novel, and I thought it was fitting for a guy who isn’t religious to buy a copy of “Contact” in the most religious city in the world. I decided to have a relaxing afternoon, sitting in front of the Western Wall, with the Dome of the Rock in the background, reading a brilliant story about contact with alien civilizations.
Atheists are usually accused of not believing in anything, but this story and all of its ideas certainly offer more than enough for me. Not that the religions have it all wrong as far as living life goes, but even those concepts don’t require anything supernatural. All of that stuff comes later, in dogma, and it’s interesting to see people here put that part of their religious teaching aside in order to get along and live in relative peace.