encourages all visitors to extend their exploration into the world around
them. Spend a holiday weekend at the
seaside, exposing yourself to the glorious fury of the British coast.
Journey to remote tropical jungles, throbbing with flora and fauna
that have yet to be recorded in the annals of modern science – but have
often been used for hundreds of years as local medicines.
Immerse yourself in the infinite silence of the desert.
Let mundane thoughts evaporate as you are
confronted with the earth’s immensity.
alone. Meet different people.
Confront different beliefs. Taste
different foods. Hear
different music. Smell
with friends, old and new. Discuss
your experiences. Be open to
new perspectives. Open your
heart and mind to others.
You can also enrich
your travel experience by reading. We
can highly recommend the
Handbooks for an unbeatable list of high quality guidebooks, and links to
other useful and
inspiring travel related sites.
Royal Geographical Society, and
Wanderlust, publish excellent articles on our planet and her
people. They also list a
broad range of travel opportunities, and tour operators who will steer you
on your journey. Let the
experience and wisdom of others enrich your own personal journey, but
remember – at the end of the day, it is yours, and is what you make it.
that you are visiting someone else’s home, and behave appropriately.
- they list an excellent series of local tours and tour operators, who
strive to promote the best aspects of tourism, and control the often
social and environmental degradation that can be an unfortunate effect of
thoughtless travel. Be
mindful in your interactions with others.
journey does not end when you return home.
A lifetime is well spent, working to incorporate the experiences of
a short sojourn into our everyday life.
Sometimes coming home is infinitely more challenging than that
first step onto the dusty streets of a foreign country.
Settling back into routines, confronted with bills,
responsibilities, and seemingly mundane affairs can seem desperately empty
after the thrills of trekking in the Himalayas, visiting Mayan ruins, or
spotting African wildlife. And
there’s the rub. Our journey
is what, and where, we make it.
taking an alternative or holistic holiday, be it going to a Yoga Workshop in
foreign lands, or joining a life enhancing spiritual journey type retreat
holiday. Just by being within a new environment we can enjoy a truly remarkable
experience together and build on our understanding of different cultures.
intense need that so many of us feel, springs of our deepest need: we have
to understand, we are not meant to remain forever ignorant.
Three riddles confront us: the world, ourselves, and God.
By its lovable beauty and its wonders, the world attracts us long
before we come to feel it has a hidden meaning: we start out to study and
conquer it, demanding what response it can give to our deepest desires.
the world with its countless aspects cannot give us the fundamental
answer: only God can. And God
can be met nowhere but in ourselves.
This truth every one must discover for himself.
Our deep demands are alive because of a silent soul within us and
they will be answered if we can only release that soul.
In so many it has become paralysed through lack of use.
The power to cure that paralysis lies in the heart and not in the
Maillart, Cruises and Caravans, 1942