These creative journeys have become part of my life experience. In one sense, I actually did not plan them, I ‘experienced’ them.
They could not be ‘repeated’ as just half of it was logistics, research, reviews, etc. the other part was creativity, observation, resilience, and…luck. Yes, I have been fortunate enough to use survival instincts and self-preservation skills too many times not to appreciate it.
Journeys can be followed or created. With so many opportunities and equipment available one could easily embark on any journey as they wish. What does truly mean to be creative in terms of traveling? To me, it has always meant the same…to get ‘educated’. To experience, touch, smell, and hear the place. Basically, to feel the ‘awe’ effect.
In today’s era of the omnipresent Internet, one can virtually ‘visit’ places around the world with one click of the mouse. Sitting at home after a hard and stressful day at work, the last thing one would think of is ‘organizing’ a trip to somewhere unknown or unfamiliar. We want an all-inclusive service to chill out and rest. Deservedly so. It does not have to be something ‘big’. Even a city break or a small trip to the local park can be a creative one. A special one. One you remember and reminisce in times of you feeling under the weather.
Thinking globally… what does it mean? In today’s interconnected world traveling has become even easier than it used to be. We humans constantly have always explored new, undiscovered places, climbed the mountains and sailed through rivers, seas, and oceans. What took weeks, or months to reach distant and isolated destinations, now can be achieved within hours, or days. How about messages, or letters? Traditional written letters were passed on to the recipient after a long train or horse journey. Now we have emails and instant messengers. It is one global village. Have the purpose of traveling changed? The struggle and joy of traveling with the final of reaching the destination. What if we are losing the sense of exploring the world because there is not much to be explored or discovered?