The Philosophy of the New Age Traveler
“Travel takes it all, every emotion on the human continuum. It takes sweat, sacrifice, tears, grit, guts, confidence — the whole shebang. Yes, travel takes and takes. But travel also unselfishly gives.”
— Phoebe Nygren, a Yoga Tutor from Wisconsin and a travel freak
Welcome to the newfangled times of self-discovery; where traveling is not just a medium which serves as a salve from the daily grind but is also a way to connect to your soul and discover the unknown and in the process, discover yourself, in your very own way.
Traveling is not about merely ‘seeing’ the place but about experiencing the sights, sounds, smells, people, food and more. And once you start ‘experiencing’ a place, you begin to realize the gravity that this place holds for you in terms of beauty, art and culture.
There is no better way to travel than to discover a place like a local explorer who delves into its culture and understands its arts. Looking at a city through the artsy filter, you tend to build a stronger connection with it; with unforgettable memories and timeless stories that give this city a Happy Place in your heart forever.
With the world becoming closer, and places more accessible, there is a drift from ‘Mass Tourism’ to ‘Alternate Tourism’. While mass tourism involves thousands of people traveling to the same place at the same time of the year, alternate tourism focuses on fostering experiences by interacting with the locals and understanding the place and its culture. In the long run, such tourism is definitely more sustainable as the traveler feels more connected to the place and its people.
Once stung by the travel bug, there is no looking back. You may not realize it, but the homesickness (for the place you just visited) you start to feel after coming back from such a trip is testimony to the fact that you have carried a very special part of that place back with you forever. And nothing can match that feeling.
To visit a place like a tourist is now passé and we have all taken such trips at some point in our lives. Instead, the trick is to become a ‘rolling stone’’ for a while and start of by wearing a I-Be-A-Traveler cap on, and then see things the way they are, enjoying the little things, forgetting about the world rather finding ‘the world’ in those small crevices of the city, town or hamlet that you are visiting!
Taking a leaf out of Phoebe’s book; with the ‘takes’ of traveling, in equal quantity come the ‘gives’. The courage you magically find in yourself when talking to strangers, the satisfaction you start developing for your own life when you get a perspective of how others live theirs, the opportunity to expand your horizon in multifarious ways when you immerse yourself in the art and culture, and the enjoyment of focusing on the little things and living in the present moment; are to point a few of the amazing things that traveling like a ‘rolling stone’ can do for you.
You’ve got to release the trigger and launch yourself to a destination and discover it like you’ve never before, and I can guarantee you, the person who arrives back home won’t be the same as the one who left initially!
And once you come back I will ask you this –
How does it feel, how does it feel?
To be on your own, with no direction home
A complete unknown, like a rolling stone.
- Lyrics from ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ by Bob Dylan
In harmony with alternate tourism, Culture Fox curates art centric trips to Europe merging travel with art — music, dance, theatre, photography, visual arts and performing arts. These trips are not just a treat to your creative appetite but also a therapy to your mind and soul.
So where are you heading on your next adventure?