What is travel ?
We all travel and have been a tourist, perhaps many times in our life. Tourism and tourist are so common words that they find mention in newspapers and magazines almost on a daily basis. In spite of its popularity, have you ever deliberated what the definition of travel and tourism is? What components constitute the tourism industry? Who qualifies to be called a tourist? Well, this article attempts to explore the words "travel”, “tourism” and "tourist'- both technically as well as conceptually. What is the meaning of travel and how it converted into a full-time industry? What are the fundamental concepts pertaining to tourism and what are the characteristics of tourism as an industry? What are the different forms of tourism? In this article, we will explore answers to these basic questions on the travel and tourism industry.
Meaning of Travel
The term travel originates from the Old French word ‘travail’ which meant heavy labor. Travel refers to the movement of people or objects such as airplanes, boats, trains, and other conveyances between various distant geographical locations. Another "etymologically for the world tour as suggested by Theobald in 1994 is that it is derived from the Latin, 'tornare' and the Greek, 'tornos', meaning 'a lathe or circle and the movement around a central point or axis'. This meaning changed in modern English to represent 'one's turn‘ and they suggest the action of movement around a circle. Argument is that a circle represents a starting point, which ultimately returns back to its beginning. Therefore, like a circle, a tour represents a journey in that it is a round-trip, i.e., the act of leaving and then returning to the original starting point, and therefore, one who takes such a journey can be called a tourist
Importance Of Travel
Travelling is to be free. We all need to discover ourselves and be ourselves. It is just going somewhere, whether familiar or new. It does not matter where you are going as long as you enjoy your destination, you are open to learning the places you visit and you discover yourself in the process.
This discovery takes time as it prompts an open-mindedness, it is a process that needs to be nurtured. A better life expression; a journey full of learning at its worst and achievement at its best. Being curious will lead you to something amazing and it encompasses a wide level of experiences.
Beautiful encounters broadening one's horizons
"One's destination is never a place, but always a new way of seeing things." - Henry Miller
When we travel, we make beautiful and unexpected encounters. Some spend time with people they will never really know nevertheless they are connected sometimes for a moment, intense feeling and sometimes in inexpressible situations. These people give you a brief look outside your country and helps you in engaging new and refreshing perspective.
We learn the simplest pleasures of life, we enjoy and savour little moments. Travelling is purely taking your time to relax, take a break from the routine. We explore different cultures and various modes of life, its worth to be noted that it is a passionate and refined exchange. A personal enrichment, we have a cultural improvement in terms of language, music and food.
Patience, tolerance, self-confidence
We discover new skills. With different encounters, other cultures: sharing and exchanges, modes of life, we realize that even if we live in the four corners of the globe, we are not so different. Ultimately, we realize that everyone is the same. It helps to develop patience and focus on ourselves. It is a propitious moment to think and learn about your limits, your fears, your desires and learn how to confront them, lead and achieve what you want. Adopt a Zen attitude.
Whatever the excursion and any place we travel, we advantage extraordinarily, the best memory stays scratched for eternity. Travel since you can and you need to and as it beats the dreariness of remaining at home.