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To Know a Place by Reading It and by Travelling It

Updated on July 16, 2019
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I'm Nafis Tahmid from Bangladesh and currently studying Computer Science at Brac University.

Learning about new places is one of the greatest curiosities of mankind.This thirst for know;edge can only be satisfied through exploration, which can be done in different means. Some people prefer reading to gather information about exotic locations while others choose to travel the destination in person to get real-life experience. The preference may depend on individual’s personal likes and dislikes. Moreover, some economical factors such as economic factor or managing time may play a crucial role in the choice. Despite both being a various source of information, there are plenty of intriguing differences in experiences.

Similarities in information

We can extract information about a place by reading books, as well as by visiting it. Firstly, we can learn about the culture and tradition of a place by based on the natives and their lifestyle. Likewise we can get to know about their culture by visiting the place. For instance, if we visit the lush green islands of Khagrachari, we can see the tribal people’s ceaseless hospitality, their vivid attire and their luscious delicacies. This information can also be gained through books and images. Furthermore the historical background architectural background can be attained by either way. Like the heart- wrenching history behind the national Monument can be obtained via reading books or by exploring the site. Besides both can be a great source of general knowledge. For example, learning about the capital city of a country, the spoken language, the national bird or animal, can be done through books as well as by a tour to the desired destination.

Differences in experiences

Nevertheless, despite having a few similarities, the experience of reading a book and visiting a place is completely different. Foremost if one wants to get a real life experience of a place, it cannot be done through reading books. For instance, to feel the foamy waves of the ocean, the chilly breeze at the mountains, and the sun melting into the horizon turning the sky into a spoken canvas, can only be experienced by being at the destinations practically. On the other hand, books will only provide a visual through images, not a real life involvement. Moreover, knowing a place through visiting not only enhances knowledge but also gives us memories to cherish; whereas, through books, we can only get theoretical wisdom. For example, when we visit Cox’s Bazar with our family, we enjoy the alluring beauty that nature has to offer and share it with one another, and then this memories are captured in our own photographs, which we can store for a lifetime. Meanwhile, in books, we can only read the memories and experiences of other people and not have any of our own. Additionally, practically experience to get to know a place can be expensive, and time consuming. In contrast, reading books are time efficient and financially attainable. To illustrate, not everyone can visit the 50 states of the United States of America, but almost everyone can learn about their pop culture, versatile food and vibrant attire by reading books.

To conclude, it can be said that knowing a place by reading books and by visiting it can both heighten our geographical knowledge. Where one gives us the joy of tour, the other intensifies our intellect. The zeal of going on an exclusive journey with loved ones can be strongly appealing. At the same time, entering a world of unfamiliar knowledge through books may tickle the psychological aspect of our personality. Nevertheless, they both provide substantial opportunities to learn and explore different locations of the world, which should not be missed at any cost.


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