I have been reflecting on different areas of my life. Many of you will know that we have traveled a little bit through Southern Africa, the Rockies in Canada, UK and the coast of Spain. My love of travel started the year after my father died. Although we’d been on an ocean liner as a family and camped many times I was too young to remember it. In 1970 my mother and I traveled from by train from Cape Town to Durban in Kwazulu Natal. In 1971 we took a train to Zimbabwe (known then as Rhodesia), the main highlight for me was visiting Victoria Falls and an island on the Zambezi River. These experiences whet my appetite for seeing different landscapes and meeting new cultures. The last influence was when I met R and L Jones who had just come back from traveling and had stayed in a Kibbutz. I found their life very intriguing and I thought one day I also want to travel.
Travel, although it is an aspect of life, it is like our travels through life. To travel is like pursuing our end goal. There are many goals along the way which we get to stop at and explore but we still know where we eventually want to end up. Exploring a new town or country is “making real what is not yet attained,” like dreams, it becomes reality but when we explore we also often get more than we bargained for and this could be good or bad stuff. You can read about my examples here: Finding Prince Sibeso’s place timeously was a blessing, crossing the Botswana border was terrifying; while Victoria Falls, swimming in Lake Malawi and fending off baby wasps with an umbrella at Poppa Falls were some amazing experiences.
To journey is to enjoy what is on route: whatever our interests are: people, architecture, customs, history, weather, the local situation, their politics and the personal ups and downs of journeying. This is just like life. We expect life to run smoothly, often complain when it doesn’t, some of us even try to control life tightly in our fists so that we don’t face any unexpected situations. But if we let go and flow with life, we enjoy what is on route; it might not be exactly the way we thought it would turn out but it will be fuller and richer. My experience of life and travel is that it is much better than what I imagined it would be.
Some of my requirements for life and travel
There are requirements; we can’t just sit back and hope it will happen. We need desire, vision, planning and research, good equipment, maps, money, a good support system, good advice, perseverance, tenacity, patience and courage to explore new situations and places. These are just a couple of things we need.
Choice is also a very important part of life and travel. We all have our own choices to make and should not feel bad for making them just as we can’t judge others for their personal choices. When traveling some people choose to do things on a shoe string budget and go camping or house swapping; others live lavishly in hotels and guided tours and some choose just to be comfortable. What is important is that we tailor our travels or our life to suit our interests and life style.
Travel challenges old stale ways and notions. It might even help us to become flexible, robust and resilient because it is easier to accept different scenarios in a place we don’t live; but I wonder if we set aside old interests, preconceptions and fixed thinking in our lives generally – could we be more open to new possibilities and situations. I find it a fascinating topic to be mindful of; each of us is going to be different on our journey in life and in travels because we are so unique.
What have you experienced in traveling? Tell us of a situation which you found remarkable or you found challenging or that brought you the most joy.
P.S. I had a complaint from my husband that my last post didn’t have any photos, I do hope these photos make up for the lack.