You must have heard this one- travel will set you free. My sincere feeling is that this was written before jet planes were invented or by a person who never had to travel economy! Sit in a plane that takes off at some obscene hour in a cramped seat to arrive at the other side of the world and do immigration, and then tell me that travel sets you free! If you ask me more often than not it leaves me jet lagged!
It was also not written by a vegetarian who had the nerves to dream of traveling the world! When you have to use all kind of tricks to procure one meal without any kind of meat or a fish sauce, it doesn’t give you a feeling of being set free.
Close to something like this would come the advice, do more of what you wish to do, follow your heart, yeah and then they went ahead and invented alarms, even put it in my cell phone! And if I followed my heart and listened to my inner voice there would be a small mayhem in the neighborhood!
It is actually Wifi that sets you and I free, so that we can upload pictures of all the cool places we were at! And then wait to see how many likes or RTs it got! No? On another note if you didn’t get the wifi have you ever noticed the depressing number of emails that accumulate? That alone is capable of wiping out a lot of joy that I got from my vacation.
Don’t get me wrong, I will not trade travel for many things. Heck, I am not even good at explaining what it does for me so that I am not willing to trade it for many things but I would not stand for travel setting me free arguments. Free from what and free for what?
I also have no quarrel if travel indeed set you free, it just didn’t make me free and so many others (3 actually when I counted last) who replied to my tweets! By the way did it set you free of the free wifi?
And wait till I talk about the other one- are you a traveler or a tourist? That one sets my teeth on the edge even further.
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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