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Travelling is elitist and restrictive and this is hard for me to accept. There seems to be something perverse about this notion. I’m an idealist when it comes to travelling, for me it means escapism in an illusion of freedom, a sense of freedom you can only get when you find yourself being humbled by the Earth. That feeling that you discovered something for yourself, a feeling that has brought a lump to my throat whilst gazing at the world.
Like you reading this, through astronomical odds, I was fortunate enough to be put on this Earth so that I can satisfy my curious mind and find out what is around that corner or beyond that mountain. Unfortunately, we are all hampered by modern day travelling. Not only are we segregated by border controls and visa requirements but travelling comes at a heavy price. I’m not just talking about sky high flight prices, I’m talking about the paradox of being able to travel efficiently to see the places we admire but at the same time destroying the environment by leaving a big smelly carbon footprint.
As places open up to tourism, we inundate these places with a never ending stream of boisterous tourists. People who want to see the unforgettable places just like I do. We as humans are all parasitic and we will erode the world and cultures with our curiosity.
Being an idealist means also being selfish. All I want to do is see the world with the small number of people I want to share it with, just so I get a taste of what the first explorers of this world felt. That sense of boldness and discovery that cannot be achieved as easily as before. In order to do this we need the willpower to spend money, spend time, re-order priorities and wake up at stupid o’ clock in the morning.
Occasionally, I’ve woken up in the darkness of a cold morning in a strange place feeling lonely, I’ve wondered why I do what I do but then with the first sight of sun I realise it’s just me standing in front of the Earth, and for that brief moment I forget that I am just another parasite.
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