Travel is about more than the journey. More than the destination. And more than what happens between those points.
“Not all those who wander are lost” – J.R.R Tolkien
To me, its deeper than that. An endless process in which we’re all bound whether we realize it or not. Some of us travel to lose ourselves and Escape, others to find ourselves and others. In all ways, travelling is enriching, gratifying and one of the greatest teachers around.
“Where you come from does matter — but not nearly as much as where you are headed.” – Jodi Picoult
This endless process of learning, I believe, is one of the most valuable means to gain insight into daily life around the planet. Learning about culture, cuisine, history, human nature and importantly yourself can allow you to escape from or become part of the daily grind, anywhere on this big rock of blue and green. Of course, not everybody wants to embrace these things, but they are always there to be discovered by those who open themselves up to the endless possibilities on the journey.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
Change is a constant in life (along with death and taxes) and travelling can help facilitate and speed up those dynamic processes. It pushes your “CTRL + ALT + DELETE” button, effectively resets your outlook and prepares your body to download a whole heap of new information that is coming its way.
One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
Travelling forces you to live in the present moment, something which very few people manage to do consciously. You’re senses are bombarded and overloaded in every way possible as you try to make sense of the strange, new environment around you. Unusual smells, sights and sounds are being continually processed as you make your way around a new place.
“The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read one page.” – Saint Augustine
You are forced to take everything for what it is – free of the filters, judgments and preconceptions we attach to the familiar and the everyday. To accept, react to and live according to what is happening around you at that particular moment is an incredible experience.
“He who does not travel does not know the value of men.” – Moorish proverb
At no other time in history has travel been so accessible to so many. More and more people have the ability to experience and discover firsthand, things that previously they could only read and speculate about.
“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.” – Pico Iyer
At the Escape Factor, the philosophy is to inspire people to push beyond their comfort zone – to explore the aroma drifting out of that sidestreet, to take up that offer of invitation to somewhere new, to stop worrying about what others will think and just DO IT.
“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life” – Michael Palin
New experiences, interactions, and discoveries await. All you need for the journey is the will to Escape. So what are YOU waiting for?
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain