Being a Woman
For travel to be truly meaningful, we need to take an open mind along. Go to a new place with a mind like a sponge, ready to absorb new cultures and new experiences; ready to accept an alternate way of life, which might be very different from what one is used to. Travel should not only be about ticking boxes in an itinerary. It should be about transforming oneself, adding one more dimension to our thought process. Each journey should shift the alignment of our mindsets, at least by the tiniest bit ; it should leave its imprint on the traveller.
A camera has become a necessity while travelling. But there’s much more to a place than what you see through a lens. In the scurry to get the perfect picture we miss out on the totality of the experience. A camera soaks up only lights, shadows and colours. The smells, energy, noise and sheer atmosphere of a place has to be absorbed with all of our five senses. In the midst of our busy routines we hardly get time to look at our holiday photographs, but our mind can take a stroll through those memories as often as we wish no matter where we are.
Travel is not only for the young and adventurous, it’s for all those who are young and adventurous at heart no matter what the limitations of the body may be. It’s not only about packing a lot of activities into your trip. It’s also about sitting in a wayside restaurant and soaking up the feel of the place, of sharing a smile or a few words with a stranger, of seeing the differences between tourists and the natives, of letting the sun in a strange land warm your face and realizing that some things never change no matter where you are. It’s a chance to sample the local cuisine, exposing your palate to new flavours and ingredients.
Assimilating the true essence of travel prepares the mind to accept the unfamiliar more readily. Even though a cliché it’s true that travel broadens your mind. One returns to familiar environs and finds a hitherto hidden layer to it that was there all along, a new way of looking at our ordinary lives. We should let the experiences of a journey find space in our thoughts, let it bed down in a tiny lil corner of our mind. Many years later when we dust off those memories, we’ll get the faint smell of that kebab eaten at a street corner, hear the traces of a child’s laugh and our mind will be suffused with a feeling of joy.