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is travelling some sort of a rite of passage?

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11. Posted by chiawj (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

what i think is, travelling do make someone a better person,
at least he knows that there are a big world outside...people says when you travel more u feel urself a little smaller in this world.
this make someone a better person by being humble...i think..
when travelling alone, one can have a chance to faced the true person of themselves without wearing a mask to faced the people.
they can understand themselves more, and get realization of certain thinking during the time spend with themselves.
ofcoz...the best thing is go travelling becoz u like it and enjoyed it.
if doing it becoz of certain reasons then i guess you could not enjoy the beauty of it eventhough u still think that the trip are fun.
this is what i want to share...thanx

12. Posted by carosterns (Respected Member 159 posts) 9y

I started travelling because I desperately needed a break from climbing the corporate ladder - got to the top and wasn't impressed with the view. A five month break has evolved into 5 years of "the more I see, the more I want to see".

13. Posted by fleurjones (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

I think Fleurjones meant 'cool' here in the context of being able to boast or drop names of the places one has travelled to as being the latest trend in the world

Ahila is right, this is exactly the sort of 'cool' i mean..perhaps it applies most to young people when we are still trying to figure out who we really are and are still keen to impress others

14. Posted by anglosurma (Respected Member 106 posts) 9y

I think travelling to be cool is a pretty shallow reason for travelling

i can understand a slight desire for gratification and public recognition to your acheivement of going to several destinations in the world learning and surviving perhaps.

I search for insperation when travelling that is one of the main reasons

my last journey inspired me to do the next one as i met people who had travelled to 3rd world dangerous corupt countries and met people in places i would never have dreamed of going to before.

15. Posted by s_hoot (Respected Member 497 posts) 9y

Travelling has definitly been a rite of passage for me. Its opened so many new doors for me in my life, and I would not be the person I am today if I had never packed that first bag.

16. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

Quoting fleurjones

I think Fleurjones meant 'cool' here in the context of being able to boast or drop names of the places one has travelled to as being the latest trend in the world

Ahila is right, this is exactly the sort of 'cool' i mean..perhaps it applies most to young people when we are still trying to figure out who we really are and are still keen to impress others

In a way I can understand this. But it is also something that doesn't stop when you grow up. A lot of people want, their car to be bigger, than the one of their neighbours, they want a bigger TV, and even the banks, are telling us how easy it is to get a loan, for all the things you don't really need.

I think that for a lot of young-adults it can be a good thing to travel, they learn how to be independent, how to manage resources and might come back with much more self-esteem, might have found some pieces of the puzzle of who they are/want to be. And with some luck they have learned about other cultures, other people, respect ... etc.

Maybe it should become a rite of passage for the modern-world (with grants for those, who can't afford to go).

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 24, 2007, at 10:50 AM by Herr Bert ]

17. Posted by Mancgirl (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Yeah I think travelling is a rite of passage.. I've discovered so many different things about myself and people around me since I've been travelling you get to meet so many from all walks of life and hey it isn't easy by far travelling sometimes it's a real shitty. Because shitty things happen to you ie: missing money etc, it teaches you about yourself and makes you a better person I reckon...

Mancgirl

18. Posted by Savannah11 (Inactive 11 posts) 9y

Traveling is something a lot of people want to do...but cant. I say if you have a will and a way...go for it. I love to travel and if i could do it full time, I'd do it in a heartbeat. I love the feeling I get when i'm somewhere new. I get a great feeling, very surreal. Screw what everyone else says, this is my life.

19. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

I don't think the reason that someone chooses to travel matters so much. If two people follow exactly the same itinerary, but one travels for enlightenment and the other to name drop, it doesn't make much of a difference to the outside world. To each his own!

I guess I travel for a ton of different reasons: to see new things, live new experiences, say I've been somewhere, meet different people, take pictures to look at later, get away from routine, rediscover myself, learn something new - you name it. My reasons probably change by the minute! Mostly it's the feeling of going to the airport and knowing I have an entire trip in front of me - weeks of unknowns just about to start. Potential everything. It's a high like no other. I think I levitate onto the plane!

20. Posted by Kayla1 (Budding Member 44 posts) 9y

For me it depends on how you behave when you go travelling and your outlook, as was mentioned above 2 people can have the same itinerary and 2 different experiences, if someone wants to travel to name drop about places and shag their way around the world, they will just go home the same person.. I think the real experience of travelling happens when you are not looking for something, or trying to find yourself´. For me my best experiences were those I couldnt plan or read about in lonely planet. I think I went travelling out of curiosity about the world more so than to find myself. It can make you stonger, but so can having an experience in your very own country.