Recently I wrote about what travel is and the reasons for travelling. There are many different views but to me travel is all about the experience, the adventures to be had, the meeting of so many interesting people. I can imagine myself as a round the world traveller seeing all there is to be seen. I often feel there is an adventurous spirit ready to burst out of me, however…
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu
Rereading the quote above I know it is true but the first step is the hardest! I can’t help but think that if I can’t be adventurous and do this kind of stuff at home in my daily life (I’m really not that outgoing) why would another place, another country, another culture make any difference? I mean a new destination is never really all that different to home – there are the same issues, the same obstacles and the same insecurities I find in myself… but maybe, just maybe, this time will be different and I will find somewhere that I can really be myself, someone who I can really let go with or perhaps just a moment where I feel everything finally makes sense…
I think of all the things I want to do – see the Great Wall, visit Botticelli’s Venus, feel a part of a new culture, climb a French col, swim with sharks, trek a tropical jungle, even jump out of a plane and then I think, hold on but.. this is me – am I really the kind of person who is going to do these things? Am I dreaming?
Travel used to be the be all and end all for me, perhaps the whole reason for my existence but now I have doubts…and these feelings come more and more often… Not all days are like this of course and then the world really is, or at least can be (there is hope!) my oyster, there for the taking and the exploring!
I know much of this writing is clichéd, but travelling has always been for me the biggest cliché I’ve ever known, in a good way I think. It really is THE dream, but… just that, it is only a dream… I hope this blog can be a way to express my feelings about travelling or rather not travelling, what I am doing to at least keep the dream alive as well as my experiences in this life. Let’s get together as like-minded people that can’t or won’t take the plunge and jet off – we can be the ‘can’t travel, won’t travel’ bunch.