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The Important Thing Is the Trip, Not the Destination

Updated on December 26, 2016

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A few years ago a friend told me "what today people call travel is actually a transfer". What did he want to tell me? That with the speed of the means of transport and the difficulty that we usually have in arriving at a destination we no longer make of the trip a long and transforming experience. Or put another way: if our great-grandparents had to spend weeks to cross the Atlantic or several days to cross the country, today we can do it in a matter of hours. This speed is undoubtedly convenient in many respects, but the truth, it takes away part of the experience. Traveling is a little adventure. It is not to fulfill an itinerary, but rather to open ourselves to unforeseen events and new developments. When we travel we take every moment to absorb stimuli and emotions, vibrating with what unfolds in the present. But if we simply move between A and B because we have the mind focused on arriving (and the sooner, the better) then we miss the beauties of the road.

Do you see it?

It's like when you go down the road without looking out the window because all you're interested in is getting out of the car. Everything between the departure and the arrival is accessory. Imagine now that this happens with your daily life. That instead of enjoying the journey of life you are with the mind set in the place that you want to reach. The result? That by being with the mind in the future you miss the present. They are right who say that the trip is not the destination, it is the way. Arriving as soon as possible is not necessarily the best.

Sometimes the greatest pleasures are on the way. I even know people who are in a hurry to get to a place and then say, is this everything? Pity, they missed the wonders they were before and never saw in their career.

Next time you say "I'm going on a trip" do it for real.

Do not rush past the account, do not try to see as much as possible in the shortest time, do not despair to get somewhere and in that eagerness to stop appreciating everything that happens around you. If you are traveling, travel. Do not transfer your body and your luggage (besides your worries) from one side to another. A couple of months ago I saw a good exhibition on Marco Polo at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I was amazed by the travel experience that this adventurer and Venetian merchant had in the thirteenth century.

Imagine, he left home at just 17 years of age and traveled more than 24 thousand kilometers between the current Italy and China. He returned home 24 years later, wrote a book telling his experiences and so many Europeans knew details of life in the East that nobody knew.

That was a trip. No shuttle.

Of course, in the 21st century Marco Polo would have to board a spacecraft. Or maybe not. You can live your adventure around the corner or in a neighboring city. It only takes desire, patience, curiosity and a heart open to novelties and surprises.

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