How can traveling change a person? I would like to share some thoughts and experiences I had from different travels.
I have since changed from a tourist to a traveler. I am amazed how traveling has changed my values in life. Before I knew it, my priorities are different, I see things from different perspectives, my horizons broaden, my character grows, the list goes on. If someone asks what is the difference between a tourist and a traveler? In my own context, the traveler will eat a run of the mill Chinese hamburger or Western Dim Sum and accept it. The tourists are likely to hope that they have the taste of the western hamburger and the Chinese dim sum. As described by G.K. Chesterton “The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” The diverse cultures, the locals’ way of life, their languages, their authentic cuisine are what I savor when I travel now. Gone are the days when I juggle to factory outlets, chocolates, and gifts, except for Memento Sake.
In this modern world, luxury obsession fed by new consumption and business culture, peer pressure and social barometer make many people lose their identities. Many of us measure themselves by the emblem or symbol that sticks to our clothes or equipment, I must admit that I feel good when I got my Diesel watch on my wrist. As young we are all driven by our society, the materialist dogmas are embedded hard to convert. Travel reminds me of where I come from, who I am and who I am not. Journey made me feel the inner values I never recognize and reset my priorities in life. Travel requires courage and brings you out of your comfort zones, especially a self-plan trip to third countries. Imagine going to St. Helena or Tristan da Cunha, one of the most distant countries in the world, it will certainly raise your concern for many matters.
Each trip raises new values in me, the modern Paris and the highly developed Tokyo Akihabara Electric City open my eyes and show me the infinite and creative brain power of our human mind, seducing my temptation for the most beautiful things in life.
I am humbled by all the things I have seen while traveling, and it certainly had invoked a greater inner search in me.