04 November 2015

For the Love of Travel

If you have thought about the romance of travel, and even about your travels as a quest, and as a guest, you may have thought about love, loss, life and nostalgia in a variety of ways.

You may love travel in terms of sentimentality.  On the other hand, you may think it is often unreasonable to have a love of travel.

You may travel because of love.  You may travel as if someone now departed is always with you.

Your nostalgia may, alternatively, be related to homesickness.

Your love of travel may relate to your reflections on times and places.

You are very welcome to add a few relevant comments to any of my blog posts.  I like reflecting on the views of other people.

Here are links to my other three blogs: 

Exploring memories and experiences of life, through an intensively quiet and focused approach to living, can be very beneficial.  The pursuit may even contribute to global prosperity.

If you have a love of travel, you may or may not know when and why moving onwards is appropriate.

31 October 2015

Time is a Journey in Itself

In a world where everyone is expected to be a specialist, there is still room to be fully human - by thinking of time itself as a journey.  To be a specialist is to restrict a sense of identity to a particular social role, instead of being a traveller through time and space.

The journey through time can go backwards, forwards and around in circles.  It may or may not involve space.  It may even be a journey deeply into the present moment, retreating from both past and future.

I began this blog in 2009, introducing this writing journey.  I reflected, at that time, on travels in relation to the past, present and future.

Adventures can even take people to places in other times, in their imaginations.  This is even possible just by reading.  Yet reading, and even watching television, can seem more meaningful after being in the place described.  While saving to travel, gaining knowledge of a place through books and other media will inevitably shape expectations.

Journeys of self understanding are the most important.  You may be wondering if there will be any point in travelling very far in the future, except in the hope of survival.  Even the journey to earn an income may change.

I am interested in why some people like to travel and others do not.  I am interested in how people go about planning their travels, their reasons for doing so and the intrinsic rewards before, during and after particular travels.  If you have reached this blog because you like travelling, have you ever thought about the cultural and historical reasons for, and rewards of, your various journeys?

It is possible to travel online in the land of Blog - where time can often fly! 

Time can also involve journeys within relationships, especially when seeking or finding a soul mate.  Rather than having the same interests, shared values are often found to be the true basis of stability in relationships and societies.  Yet it often takes time to know what we truly value.

If you consider your time to be valuable, why travel?

Having visited almost a quarter of the states in the world, and more than a quarter of the states in the United States of America, and all the states in Australia, I am reasonably well travelled.  I have given those places and their people my time, too.  I was not merely passing through.

My family history blog, Ancestors Within, is also a social history and cultural history blog.  I often reflect on memories, whether my own or those of other people, and gather documentary evidence of multifaceted ancestral journeys.

Thinking about time as a journey can involve thoughts about saving money and energy, saving the planet and avoiding unnecessary work.  This may sometimes involve the use of telescopes, microscopes and public buses.

Thinking of time and travel often involves motivation.  Reflections may involve thoughts about journeys through time.  They may include reflections on the purpose of journeys, on various levels.

You may have reflected on objects from past times.  You may also, quite probably, have reflected upon, and planned for, times and places for sleeping.

You may even have reflected upon your entry into the world

I hope you will gain a deeper understanding of the world during your future travels, and have fun along the way too!

26 October 2015

Travel Writing

If you are inspired by reading the works of travel writers, why is that?  Is it because their words give you something to strive towards?  Do they seem to help you understand the world better?  Is it both or is there something else entirely that motivates your reading?

A continous journey is one that has no interruption. It has continuity on a continuum.  It suggests endlessness, uniformity and perhaps even dullness.

A continual journey is one that begins and ends, with a break, however slight, in between a succession of other journeys.

What is the purpose of your reading, and of your own travels?  Are you a travel writer yourself?  Are you on a quest for continual improvement?

Can travel make you rich in some way, directly or indirectly?  Is there any point in most journeys?

How many journeys of discovery have you made today?  How do you find the time to reflect on your journeys?  Do your travels, and your reflections on your experiences, require at least some level of relative prosperity?

My main goal has been to prevent myself from being bored. If something no longer interests me, I quickly move on to something that is more motivating. At the same time, I try to live simply and save for the future. It has worked well so far. I am not much of a risk taker or gambler. Evidence is my guide. How about you?

You have probably noticed that the title of this blog is Continual Journeys. How do your continual journeys differ from your continuous ones?

As you may have noticed, to me, continuous means never ending or seeming to never end, whether as a linear journey or a cyclical one. Continual, on the other hand, has more depth and complexity.

My journeys are continually beginning and ending. They are continually affecting my emotions, long after they have ended. They are continually enlightening me. They are continually enriching my life.

Travel can be an individual experience or a shared journey, especially when preparing for it or reflecting upon it afterwards.  When preparing for your travels, do you manage to pack lightly?  Most guide books are too bulky to find a place in my luggage so I do most of my reading before I head off. I scribble a few pertinent facts in the small notebook I will take along in a small bag.

My local library usually has a good selection of guide books and the Internet gives me more details. Then I read history books and generally try to be well informed before I head off into the distance.  How many books, in fact or fiction, are really about journeys?

I tend to pick up leaflets of one kind or another as my journey progresses as they make wonderful souvenirs to add to my post-trip personal project books. It means, though, that my luggage is usually far heavier at the end of trips than it was at the beginning.  Sometimes, I am heavier, too!

11 May 2015

The Many Meanings of Safe Travels

Being at home can sometimes be just as dangerous as leaving it.  This is particularly so when becoming a victim of an accident,  illness, natural disaster or criminal act.  Here in Australia, we have often experienced natural disasters, and cultural ones.

Sometimes, people need to find the road to recovery.

Sometimes, people need to travel to escape drought, floods and fires.

Sometimes, travel becomes a language expedition.

Sometimes, the digital environment for travels is not safe.

Sometimes, the economic aspects of travelling are not as secure and stable as they could be.

In 1985, I spent Christmas in Kathmandu.  My travels had taken me overland from London during the preceding months.

I had seen many aspects of Nepal, and all the countries in between en route there.  Everyone in the group I was with had arrived safely. We had much to celebrate after an eventful ten week journey, even with gastrointestinal unpleasantness on more than one occasion.

My reasons for going on that journey were many.  Seeing the real world was what interested me, especially after working in the production of television news and current affairs. 

Small screens show little more than snapshots, much like my grainy photographs of that time.  Finding the truth of the world is difficult when our minds are distorted by our own perceptions, impressions and expectations.

I know my travels have often been a mixture of the sublime, the superlative and the soggy.

I know I often reflect on the reasons for travels.

I know that your amazing journey into existence has not been quite the same as mine.

I know that I usually enjoy reflecting on times and places, regardless of whether I have experienced them or not.  Times can be remembered, imagined and even documented.  Places can be documented too, or at least the frozen moments in time in various places can be kept in some form.

The more I travel the more I think about the meaning of going home.  When travels are not as safe as we hope they will be, there may be no going home at all.

I have visited many places in the world where earthquakes have occurred and volcanoes have erupted. My good fortune is that I have never been in those places at such times. 

The roads in Australia are dangerous enough but often not as dangerous as those elsewhere.

Yet safe travels today also mean being able to maintain some privacy, especially to prevent identity theft.  I know that privacy and travel can mean different things to different people.  The Nepalese people I met certainly thought about privacy differently than I did.

The survivors of any sort of disaster are those who manage to escape danger.  It is well known that global prosperity means little to those who have lost everything.