Satisfies a desire to experience something different, learnsomething new and connect with another culture Often treated as a dream or fantasy – a departure from dailylife Except for a lucky few, traveling to distant lands oftenremains a dream for any number of reasons: Financial limitations Family obligations Work Etc.TRAVEL
I have had the travel bug for as long as I can remember – howdo I ease the symptoms and incorporate this activity intoeveryday life? Maintain a traveler’s mindset in daily life I travel on a daily basis, however to a much lesser extent thanwhat this term traditionally entails Much more accessible on a day-to-day basis An exercise in creativity, open-mindedness and attention todetailTRAVELCONSTANT EXPLORATION
Travel does what good novelists also do to the life ofeveryday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in itssetting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Traveldoes this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving toit the sharp contour and meaning of art.Freya Stark
Traveling turns life into art, when the novelty of a locationheightens your awareness of your surroundings and harnessesan appreciation for everything around you. Your eyes are openedto that location’s beauty in every form: people, architecture,food.When we “return” to our everyday lives, we lose sight of the artof life, believing that beauty is found only in novelty. We rushthrough each day, too jaded to notice the details and thenuances of the places to which we’ve already been.THE PROBLEM WITH TRAVEL
To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be ableto experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in aposition in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken forgranted.Bill Bryson
Be a traveler everyday Treat every moment as something novel Wander and pause often – reexamine a place I’ve already been athousand times Look for details and see things that are often overlooked –there is always more to a place than what you see the firsttime Peel away the surface of this place by looking more closely, seeingthings in a new way and finding new layers of an experience Explore constantly – turn corners and follow streets one wouldnormally bypass This mindset has led to the discovery of…HOW DO I SOLVE THIS PROBLEM?
…a glass-enclosed atrium with art installationsas the centerpiece.
We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm andadventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only weseek them with our eyes open.Jawaharlal Nehru
Places have something new to offer every single day, whether it isdifferent people, a different time of day, a different experience.Recognizing this and being open to it make it easy to discoversomething new, whether you’ve been somewhere twice or twohundred times; it becomes easy to stumble into something great.Over time, I have collected different experiences and pieces ofknowledge that help me better understand a place. With specificregard to where I live, these have helped me to discover what is atthe heart of my city, what makes it tick and who its people are.Understanding that all things can be viewed in different light is…
…essential to forming a completeunderstanding of something.
Documentation is an important part of this activity as I attemptto capture the details of each moment, experience and place.These details foster an appreciation for what makes travelimportant to me: discovering something new, experiencingsomething different and connecting to the local culture.Keeping a collection of what I’ve discovered in my own cityreminds me to wander, pause and appreciate everything aroundme, much like we do when we travel somewhere new. Doing sohas led to lessons in…DOCUMENTATION
…local history.Discovered after turning into an alley.[Public art depicting important scenes in Boston history]
…architecture.Discovered after taking a moment to look above street level.[A display of the historic architecture in the Financial District]
…art.Discovered during a walk through a local park.[Graffiti knitting on a public bench]
…local culture.Discovered after pushing through a door that looked interesting.[Art exhibit demonstrating how baseball runs through Boston’s veins]
…local cuisine.Devoured after stumbling into a food truck contest.[A demonstration of the rise of food truck culture on the East Coast]
People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kindof people they ignore at home.Dagobert D. Runes
Fosters open-mindedness - pushes me to be experience newplaces, people and food Seeing life as art (or seeing the art in life) gives greatermeaning to my everyday experiences - there’s alwayssomething more to learn Builds understanding of the world around me and the peoplein it - helps me to see things in new ways Reminds me to be grateful so that I don’t take everydayexperiences for grantedPERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.SenecaOne’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.Henry Miller
Problem-solving skills – seeing things in a new light enhancesmy ability to approach problems in different ways Attention to detail – training my eye to notice details makesme more diligent at work Communication skills – awareness of the context of a place orsituation helps me to understand those involved, facilitatingmore open communication Revisiting = iterating, improvingPROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.Mark Twain
Personal Openness to new experiences – desire to learn about local cultureand language Ability to work with a diverse group of people Professional Enhanced global perspective and cultural understanding Awareness of cultural context – understanding that markets andconsumers vary according to their cultureDEVELOPMENT IN THE CONTEXT OFSTUDYING MARKET RESEARCH & CONSUMERBEHAVIOR
The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is atlast to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.G.K. Chesterton