Travel Writing, Good For The Soul, Good For The World

By Damian Papworth

Travel has been a passion of mine for a long time, thanks to a lot of good fortune and an ideal career. My career was in IT and working for an international firm, I was required to visit many different countries. My first international posting was a one week stint in Thailand. It was short, fast, jam packed busy, but wow! What an eye opener. I ended up taking a few days off so I could have an extra look around Bangkok. It was during this brief time in Thailand that I caught the bug, I was hooked on travel.

Since the Thailand introduction to the world, I've been sent to Africa, Europe and throughout Asia. My business trips were not where is ended though, with all the mileage points I accrued, I continued to travel in my spare time. I simply love seeing new places and meeting new people.

In my youth, quite often I lacked foresight. I failed to do the things I should have to make life better as I went along. Not so with my travel experiences. I always remembered to pack my cameras, a travel diary and a pen. Travel became the inspiration for my art. Now I have a wondrous array of photos adorning my walls and literature packing my bookshelves. All remind me of the wonderful experiences I've had and the tremendous personal growth that resulted.

When reflecting on these journeys, I can see how much my mind has been opened by the experiences I have had. In witnessing the diversity the world has to offer, I have become a wiser person, a better person.

It is in the accepting and embracing of these different ways of life and the people who live them, that my heart has been opened. I have a greater capacity for love now. I can accept people for what they are, for what they offer me without prejudice and without animosity. And if they live in ways I cannot fathom, I can appreciate them even while I can never join them.

Travel has been really good to me. I am a much better person for my experiences and so I write about them. Writing about these experiences means I can share the insights I have developed with people who have not been as fortunate as I, people who are not blessed with the opportunity to travel. In sharing such insights, the experiences which have helped me become a more tolerant, accepting person may help someone else do the same.

If you are traveler too, why don't you share your experiences. We can all learn from each other. I am sure the world will be a better place if you share the things you have picked up along the way.

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