Travel time, open mind!

6 November 2013

“For mine is a generation that circles the globe and searches for something we haven't tried before. So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay the welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience."

 These are the words of Alex Garland in “The Beach”. And what wise words they are.

Travel is all about taking in the experience and debunking those earlier incorrect theories and ideas of a country. It’s about realizing how small and big the world is at the very same time and being amazed by the fact. It’s about the friendly people you meet in Paris (they do exist, contrary to popular belief) and the Korean grandmother who invites you into her house for tea. It’s the people in Mozambique who have very empty pockets and smiles overflowing. It’s the families in Mauritius who open their homes to guests and the friend you meet on a busy street in Thailand.

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Travel is full of pleasant surprises. But it is important for many other reasons too. Economics and international relations are more important than ever and to understand and meet the outside world, we need to travel. Places are often very different in reality to how we see them depicted in the media. Just think of our own country. Think of South Africa. Don’t you think the whole world should see it?

Not anyone can afford to travel, nor will they have the opportunity to do so. If you do have the wherewithal and the resources to travel, start planning today! Book a trip with Flight Centre now. Or start a savings account for a future trip. Do a little research on that country you have always wanted to visit. And make it happen.

Travel opens your mind to new cultures and different traditions. It allows you to experience beautiful scenery you’d never see otherwise and meet beautiful people you’d never interact with otherwise. In the end, travel makes you are more awesome person. It’s as simple as that.

Philippa Francis

Over the last few years, I have fallen in love with travel and I am not sure I will be able to stop, except for my other great love; writing. After studying journalism at Rhodes and Stellenbosch Universities, I wanted to get a taste of the bigger world. I have worked all sorts of jobs and I have saved. I have ‘bused’ around Europe and backpacked around south-east Asia. I have seen magical sights and met wonderful people from all walks of life.