Friday, 5 May 2017

Why Is Travel Better Than Education

If you go by Saint Augustine’s quote – “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page”, travel is a huge gamut of learning. Yes, travel is education. In fact, it is far greater than the traditional education that we get through school textbooks. Though I don’t intend to rule out the significance of formal education, I really want to hit hard on the fact that travel is your school for life.


I love my own travel quote, too – “The world expects you to be well-educated, but I’d rather like to be called well-travelled.”

Also read: How Do I Manage To Travel (Who funds my travels?)


Travel is your practical classroom.
Travel is your school for life without a classroom. You don’t mug up anything. You make notes on the pages of your heart and mind. The breezes, the dust, the sun, the rain, the people – their smiles, gestures and language, the colours and textures of various things, the taste of different cuisines, the thrill of witnessing a beautiful landscape, the joy of listening to some great cultural music and the fear of getting lost in the unknown… there’s so much to experience when you travel. You touch and feel everything; and thus, the lessons on the road resonate with you forever.



Travel makes you get out of your comfort zone.
I think that’s the best part about travel that it takes you out of your comfort zone. Your passion for travel makes you do things that you wouldn’t think of doing otherwise. In my case, I have travelled under dire situations – have been cramped like luggage with other passengers on long, rough road trips, stayed in dirty hotel rooms once in a while, and experienced many little stupid things that just happen, but you take them in your stride, because you want to travel!


Travel introduces ‘the alternative way of life’ to you.
I seriously believe that travel is another way of life. Those who don’t travel miss out on so much about life. On the contrary, those who travel get introduced to the much more meaningful way of life. In my opinion, a traveller has power of better perspectives, better experiences and better knowledge than a person who hasn’t been on the road. Well, I don’t intend to belittle the experience of staying home and raising children and building relationships. In fact, I have deep respect for homemakers. But, travel teaches you a gamut of things beyond your own life, family, relationships and education.


Travel makes you discover the real you. It refines you as a person.
Yes, travel gives you the freedom to be who you really are without any pressures. Your smile on the road is one hundred percent genuine and not obligatory. You do things that you really like to do, and not because someone has told you to do them or you ought to do them to fulfil some norm. Also, you become a better version of yourself when you travel. In fact, you become deep as a person, and also tolerant of the frivolousness of life, because you know you are sitting at a vantage point from where you can have the best view of life.


Travel makes you wiser and smarter.
Travel makes you tough. The wisdom that you attain on the road is different from the conventional wisdom or intelligence of the life sans travel. Travel teaches you the economics of travelling on a budget, yet experience exceptional joys and adventures. Travel makes you learn about the history and geography of a place.

I don’t know about you, but I’m fond of studying maps. I always go through the map of a place that I’m about to visit. So, travel makes you learn things naturally.

Travel opens your mind. It gives you the real picture of things and scenarios.
I’d like to validate this point by giving you an instance – my solo travel to Kashmir unveiled so many facets about the people of Kashmir that I didn’t know about. What I experienced in Kashmir was far from what I had heard about it. People form a notion in their head, which is given to them from one instance. But sadly, the ‘one instance’ notion becomes the truth in people’s minds until they discover the ‘real’ truth themselves. The people of Kashmir are as polite, respectful and friendly as the people in your own backyard. And yes, it’s absolutely safe to travel in Kashmir as long as you take care of yourself nicely (the way you’d anywhere else).

Also read: My Experience Of Travelling Alone In Kashmir


Travel has no scorecard, but you are always on a high.
Each trip gives you something substantial, something worth reminiscing. No matter how troublesome or challenging your travel could get, you still end up experiencing something that adds value to your life. For instance, I look back at my Arunachal Pradesh journey with a fondness for I got to stay with a Monpa family in the last leg of my trip, which helped me understand their way of life so deeply. My trip turned out to be epic not because I ticked off many places, but because I immersed into the place on a personal level. So, quality is always above quantity.

What about you? What has travel taught you?
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24 comments:

  1. I totally agree with you because I also learned number of things while travelling which I cant think of myself at home. Life is a journey and travelling gives us time to stay with our own self.

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    1. Yes, travel allows us to be with ourselves. Travel is more than just taking a holiday somewhere. It's feeding your curiosity by knowing and discovering a different world...different landscapes, culture, people, food...and so much more.

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  2. Beautiful article, Renuka! Agree with all your points.

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  3. yes i can not agree more on the points u shared. Travel has been an integral part of my life. Not only it lets you know about the cultural variety we have in our country, but also it helps you in growing or probably i could say evolving as a human being. I was going through an article few days back about chosing your carrer after your graduation or most probably after your pre university. Travelling has been mentioned as the best solution to let yourself know about the potential within you, it really helps you in finding out about your career whether u really want to be at that particular place after few years or you want something else. Life is not easy and no one said it was easy, untill travelling was there. As somebody rightly quoted out-" if travelling becomes free, u wont even see me". I hope u will keep on writing like this in the future.

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    1. Yes, if travel was free, you wouldn't see me. :-) It's an ongoing education. You can never learn enough.

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  4. Good points. Travel should be integrated into education system. We had an exchange program in which few students were exchanged between schools in north and south india

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    1. Wow..the exchange program sounds good. It's an excellent way to teach children how to be independent and adjust in a new environment quite early in their lives.

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  5. And that's why the quote, "Travelling is like reading a book, one who hasn't traveled hasn't turned a page..." Nice write up !

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  6. This is bullshit. It takes a lifetime to understand a single person inside out. To posit that you know a place in its vibes just because you travelled it for a week or month is just praising a lifestyle that's in vogue. You can't know a place only a delta better which is no good a reason to be pompous about traveling. Just like knowing subtraction makes you comfortable the next time you are asked to substrate. It also makes you comfortable with learning division on the grounds that you came across subtraction that you feared, likewise you will also come over your fear of division eventually. So travel is no different. It gives you the same learning curve but along different axis. For example, if you are well travelled you have more opportunities to open your mouth in a little more sensible way than who said what. I am no amputee to criticise travelling. But the way you end up worshipping it just shows the numbness of your intellect. You are only protected by people's inclination to not criticise what's cool. Other you would have other critics than me. Did it ever occur to you that how suddenly travelling has come to vogue in the last 5-10 years. I mean you have people taking about it like people talk art.Travelling is an industry now and they are making it cool irrespective of what it is. There a lot that can be said. But the least is be sensible in eulogising.

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    1. Traveling is in vogue because of people like me. :-) I'm happy that it's my passion, my vocation in life, and it's also cool.

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    2. 1) You could have written this even if you didn't read what I wrote except the first line.

      2) You talk like a politician who doesn't have any brain for governance. When he is asked to reply on a issue, he comes with a generic reply and behaves as if he didn't hear what was asked of him.

      2) And, lol, you also talk like the an invincible actor in south movie.

      3) And on a serious note, you are about making dialogues. I am sure you will reply this with another punchy, self-assertive, equally fanatical as the one I am replying to and punchy dialogue.
      But you should become aware of one thing: things that sound good are rarely true. A quote as simple as 'keep smiling' is a crap. No man when in his sublime form was ever smiling. Einstein solving his equations or Sachin playing his shots. If you find this irrelevant; this was for your love for quotes and inclination to be punchy.

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  7. Travelling taught me to worry less. I learnt that things will often work out in the end, and that worry doesn't solve many issues. It has really helped me calm my nerves, and I think I've developed and matured as a person as a result. Sometimes I get a bit tired of travelling... but then I take a break from it, and slowly I start yearning for it again!

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    1. Man, I didn't say travelling doesn't teach you things. Worrying less comes almost at the top. It fortifies you as a person along many dimensions. What is foolish is putting it on a pedestal. Education is the bedrock over which travelling begins to make sense. Many illiterate labourers travel hundreds of places over their lifetime for work. So if travelling is better than education then he should be better off than a person(say a writer) who has stayed in his hometown all his life reading and writing. This is an extreme example just to demonstrate and the author may not mean such extremities. However I believe if you lock up a person in a room for 20 years with just books, he will come out wiser and stronger than a person travelling all this while. With my usual impertinence, travel is shit compared to education.

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    2. And FYI, somewhere in between a quarter to a half of my annual CTC goes into travelling places.

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  8. This post is food for though, Renuka! I think that education is also important!

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    1. Yes, education is important. It is the basic necessity of life. But, travel makes your life far more worthwhile.

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  9. Amazing post and article. Thanks.

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  10. True, I love travel and had very different locations, All time best of learning .Welcome all the time all the way .
    Please be mine guide as well travel partner with open mind and heart.
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    Jitendra Kumar Gupta
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  11. very true.Travel teaches lot and helps to be grounded and understanding ourselves and others also.It teaches what classroom cannot.

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  13. Right! Glad you enjoyed the post, Mayuri

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