"Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” - David
Mitchell, Cloud Atlas.
All of us need some travel and tours now and then in our
lives. Travel is the activity of making journey to another geographical
location other than where we live. Travel is one of the important
activities of our life. We are compelled to travel often because of
family functions, meeting friends, and attend official duties. We travel
for pleasure on excursions and for visiting touristic places.
“Travel brings power and love back into your
life.” ― Rumi
Travel is an important diversion for us from daily mundane
routine. Travel teaches us many things that we cannot learn from residing
at a place. Travel enriches our knowledge and increases our wisdom. Travel costs some amount. One needs to take precautions and
needs to make plans for the journey. However, it is worth making all the
arrangements and traveling.
“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for
travel's sake. The great affair is to move.” - Robert Louis Stevenson
What about touring and tourism?
Tourism is travelling to
various popular touristic and heritage locations in the state, country or
world. Tourism helps us to learn the good history and rich cultural
heritage that our ancestors have given us. Tourism helps us to learn our
We can really enjoy tourism as various
facilities are provided at each location. The hotels, conveyance, restaurants
and public transport etc. All one has to do is to book well in advance
for all the facilities. It costs a lot, but tourism allows one to see
what we study in our lessons. We learn a lot of practical issues, see
different cultures, interacting with people of multiple back grounds and
Most of the employees are given a chance to take
a tour along with their family by a scheme called Leave travel Allowance.
One can get all the information on the touristic spots through Internet,
or by contact government tourism department, or travel agencies.
In India, travel and tourism is not so convenient as
that in developed countries. There are many shortcomings that are to be
corrected by the ministry of tourism, so that the tourism industry will grow
and make profit. Many foreigners are not interested in Indian tourism due
to risks of infection and dirtiness. If India becomes a safe and clean
place, then the tourism in India will become a major industry and attraction. Tourism is a big central ministry, which means that tourism is an important people's activity and a business. There are state departments with a lot of funds and resources. Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand earn a lot from tourism.
Often children want to visit the major metropolitan cities
in the country. They also want to see Taj Mahal, Himalayas, big
waterfalls, hill stations, valleys etc. Elderly may want to visit
pilgrimage centers like Varanasi, Vaishnodevi, Tirupati Tirumala, Mathura,
Ayodyha, Gaya, Allahabad, Rameswaram, Kanchi and so on.
It is better to plan a tour well in advance and keep in touch
with our friends or relatives during the travel. It is preferable to use
bank cards rather than carrying a lot of cash. It is important to take
care of one's health when one travels through varying weathers. Impure
water, oily food, junk food, too crowded or dirty places are to be avoided when
possible. One may take some antibiotics in general or especially when
taking a dip in a river, canal or pond.
People who travel and tour take photographs or capture their
memorable moments with their near and dear with a mobile camera or a video
In India people make a lot of tours to various
pilgrimage centers and big towns and cities. Tourism to isolated heritage
centers is perhaps not the first choice. Cheaper or convenient
commutation may not be available to certain remote places. Necessary
facilities may not be available. One problem that we face in India is
that we are dependent on public transport. In many countries people
travel long distances by their own vehicles.
Is it appropriate that we boast ourselves of great Indian
landscape, long history and its great cultural heritage, but we do not
visit our own heritage sites and remember our ancestors for their great deeds
and constructions. Let us make a promise to ourselves that we will do
tours and travel that enlightens us and makes us proud of being Indians.
Often we inquire the goodness of a touristic place from
persons who already have visited that place. It is a good practice to do
so. Also, it is useful to find out the weather in the towns we are going
to visit. That helps us in taking precautions in terms of clothes
and blankets. It is useful to carry some basic medicines.
Further it may be good to read some books during leisure or during
travel. Great people also write diaries documenting their experiences.
You may add names of some touristic spots with a line of what is famous in that spot.