Two E’s In Traveler

I couldn’t help wandering about the significance of the two e’s in traveler and it finally dawned on me. They stand for Excursion and Expedition and you need both approaches working well if you are going to be successful as a world traveler.  Excursion is defined as a short journey or trip, especially one engaged in as a leisure activity.  Expedition on the other hand is defined as a journey or voyage undertaken by a group of people with a particular purpose, especially that of exploration, scientific research, or war.

If you are driven only by excursion, really believe in what you are doing and neglect the discovery side of the travel you may thoroughly enjoy what you do but ultimately get to become familiar with the inside of your psychiatrist’s office.  You’ll pay attention to the sights and sites of the places you visit and if you move too quickly, you’ll miss participating in the actual moment you’re there.  You’ll find that you wake up to get to a spot so you can take a photograph and upload it to Facebook or Instagram so all your friends and acquaintances can revel in your accomplishments only to realize that you never really enjoyed the experience of the place itself or the people who live there.

If on the other hand you are driven by expedition and are intent on becoming the next Christopher Columbus or Sir Francis Drake, you may well achieve that goal but may not enjoy the road you need to travel on and ultimately become very familiar with the inside of your psychiatrist’s office for a different reason.  As you explore and discover, you will concentrate on the details of the dominant culture and all the things that are important to the citizenry of the countries you visit while you neglect to take in the beauty of your surroundings.

Only when these two E’s become like ebony and ivory living together in perfect harmony on your traveler keyboard can you be assured of success. And by success we mean a traveling lifestyle that you thoroughly enjoy and that you wake up everyday appreciating not only the splendor of the sights you are exposed to but also the richness of the culture and the ways of the people who live there.

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