travel without travelling

 

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As you may or may not know, I’m not the biggest fan of travelling. You could even say that I dislike it. This is, however, dependent on a number of factors – who I’m with, how I feel, etc. So it isn’t always awful.

One of the main issues I have with going abroad – i.e. physically travelling –  is that I don’t gain a whole lot from the mere act of seeing a new place. It does not fill a void in my soul, nor does it bestow me with the travel bug. I can count on one hand the number of times visiting somewhere new has put a bounce in my step rather than a weight on my shoulders. This unsolicited ‘weight on my shoulders’ has allowed me to delve further into the concept of travelling, and what it signifies for so many.

Why do we travel? For enjoyment? Distraction? Enlightenment? Perhaps for all of the above and more. The word ‘novelty’ itself has its roots in the Old French term for ‘new’; we are constantly seeking novelty from the daily grind. A new perspective. Or maybe we just want to get away for a while.

If travelling fundamentally consists of that which is new, why must we travel to experience said newness? Do we really have to physically transport ourselves to foreign lands in order to relieve ourselves of mundanity? To set out on a path of self-discovery?

When we break down travelling like this, we can begin to comprehend how the physical act of travelling is not necessary for travel to take place. Your mind is means enough for you to explore new realms; what’s to say that the beat of a song can’t warm you up like the blazing sun? A new city is a new story – find it within yourself instead of crossing seas to hear it.

If you travel to seek distraction or escapism, I am of the opinion that you may want to take a step back and pinpoint that from which you are running. Oftentimes the only way out is through; your problems will still be there when you inevitably return home. You are not escaping so much as you are stalling.

There is much to gain from considering what it means to travel rather than the literal act of travelling, or of transporting oneself to new places. When the concept of travelling is broken down, I would almost go as far as to say that I enjoy it; that is a revelation no plane journey could have given me.

Love and luck,

Clodagh X

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12 thoughts on “travel without travelling”

  1. Travelling enriches your mind, it develops empathy with how other people with different cultures to your self live and interact. I have travelled much in my life around Asia, Europe and Australasia and seeing other cultures and people has enriched my life and taught me far more about myself and others than any education has yet. If you don’t fancy travelling, don’t, but understanding that travel is not always running away and even if you are running away then the problem may be put into prospective when you return after seeing how other people live.
    So turn your phone off, buy a ticket, pack a rucksack, a few books and get stuck in. Travel is the best thing anyone can do in my opinion.

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    1. I completely appreciate what you’re saying + you’re right, not all travelling involves running away from something. I suppose with the age I’m at I see a lot of people travelling for practically years on end because they don’t want to face reality. Who knows, maybe my perspective will change in years to come + I’ll go missing for months on end! Thank you for reading 🙂

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      1. You’re right some people do travel for years on end and immerse them selves in sloth culture, but I’d say a majority travel for the experience. You don’t seem like you’d be in the running away group! Enjoy it, it’s fun too!!

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  2. I completely agree with the last part of your post. Most of the travellers seek solace because of the whole purpose to travel and aren’t really focussed on the journey. However, when it comes to the crux of this post, I choose to differ as sometimes the journey itself means a lot more than your purpose of the visit and exploration of the place.

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  3. The only place I wish to travel to is to visit my Mother in Florida. 3000 miles away, and I miss her dearly. Yes, Florida is a beautiful state, but that’s not why I go there. I hoping and praying that I can visit her this coming Winter. I just want to hug her and never let go. 🙂

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  4. Clodagh,

    I just wanted to personally respond to this one and it has a ton of great points I feel like in a moment of my life where I have just traveled – alone to somewhere so out of my comfort zone.

    The realm of the mind is an obvious thing you can travel at any given time. That’s why I do enjoy music greatly and it can transport me to specific regions or eras in my life. I often tie music and traveling together to make it somewhat more wholesome.

    Escapism can be found in many ways most people would argue – whether it is TV, music, or anything that is considered art in a way or entertainment even. Traveling yes, could be one of those things as well just as anything else that may “transport” you while you are physically moving or imaginative in the way you listen to music, read a book, or watch your favorite TV show.

    My last trip I chose a place where I didn’t want just the standard beach setting, a resort, or something that was easy. And I hit a few rough spots and had to rely on my own gut feelings being so far away from home. To be honest traveling is a growing experience in my life. I never thought I would even get my passport in my lifetime until I had the opportunity to go to France years ago. And always what traveling is for me is the experience of people and culture.. More “true” culture in a way since I do live in the NYC area where diversity is a steady daily aspect of daily life here.

    And this is not an argument against what you said at all, but I think you have a great mind in many respects. I watched the video of your “gap” year plans while I was in the midst of my trip and I kind of wanted to shoot you an email on that as well. And I have to say I agree on many points you make without ever being in your shoes.

    I never went to college, and there is a certain stigma for people who don’t go to college overall. You weren’t smart enough! Ambitious enough! But I felt like a lot of what you said is how I would of felt all the way through college if I went. I feel that education is a lot more than structured courses and people telling you what would be best for you. You need to tell yourself that in many ways and then a certain structure can work for you.

    Anyways this email was written haphazardly in a way so I hope it makes sense. But I love the last paragraph of this writing because I think it is written very smartly and you do have to consider “what it means to travel instead of just the act of it” Just as I would think you need to think of the meaning of higher education (uni & college) instead of just the act of going and partaking in classes. And that within itself is a very important thing I think most people don’t consider at all.

    Anyways as always I love the topics you explore,

    – Phil

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    1. Hey Phil! Very sorry for the delayed reply, I got the email saying you’d commented but for some reason your comment was marked as spam! Technology at its finest 😛 I 100% agree that there is a stigma surrounding those who decide not to go to college – it’s completely unfair + quite frankly appalling to presume that someone isn’t smart or ambitious just because they didn’t attend university! Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment, I’m glad you gained something from the post! I hope you are well.

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