A journey through words


It is no surprise that traveling is an asset for anyone who gets the golden opportunity to experience it. It enhances the personality of a person by manifolds and inculcates a very strong sense of confidence. For those who do travel a lot are mostly completely in love with that but that does not rule out the fact that not everyone gets to experience the delight of exploring new countries. There are a lot of factors involved in what keeps many people from traveling. These reasons include expenses and lack of financing for the travel expenditures. Another major reason which holds true in this era is the lack of time. The robotic routines people lead today hold them from getting out in the world and getting close to new cultures. Like every problem leads the people to find solutions, a solution has been created for those who can’t travel. The solution lies in travel writing. Surprisingly the solution comes from those who actually do travel and pick up all the experiences.

How is travel writing beneficial?

Simply put, travel writing is the transfer of information and knowledge from travelers to non-travelers. Travelers document their experiences and the things they learn from new countries and cultures so that these accounts can be read by those who have not been able to see it for themselves for one reason or another. These accounts are first hand experiences. This practice is not a new phenomenon in fact it has existed from as early as the 14th century. All the great travelers of history have left accounts of all the details of their travels, for example, the great Moroccan traveler Ibn Battuta wrote about everything he had seen and everything he had learned. These writing were compiled and named as Rihla. The practice however has evolved. The conventional style of writing with pen and paper has now majorly been replaced with electronic journals and online accounts. The process also has been sped. In earlier times travel writing often took years to compile mainly because the actual duration of the journeys was also considerably wrong but now with the perfect recipe of internet, smart phones and social media websites the process is much more quicker. However, some old school travelers still prefer the classic way of documenting it first and then publishing the entire accounts as books. Similarly there is still an audience of such accounts out there who like it the old way.

What do they teach?

If the accounts of historical travelers is anything to learn from they teach us little things about new cultures. Everyone is aware of the beauty of the islands of Maldives but only a few know of their deep culture. Similarly the Egyptian Pyramids are the elephant in the room but the beauty of their day to day life does not get across to many people. This is where the importance of travel writings can be judged from. They document these little things which make the readers feel closer and more aware of foreign cultures.