When you pack your bags to explore the beauties of your own country or travel around the world, consider these keys to a happy journey.
Travel lightly. You are not traveling for people to see you!
Travel slowly. Jet planes are for getting places not seeing places; take time to absorb the beauty and inspiration of a mountain or cathedral.
Travel expectantly. Every places you visit is like a surprise package to be opened. Untie the strings with an expectation of high adventure.
Travel hopefully. “To travel hopefully,” wrote Robert Louis Stevenson, “is better than to arrive.”
Travel humbly. Visit people and places with reverence and respect for their traditions and ways of life.
Travel courteously. Consideration of your fellow travelers and your hosts will smooth the way through the most difficult days.
Travel gratefully. Show appreciation for the many things that are being done by others for your enjoyment and comfort.
Travel with an open mind. Leave your prejudices at home.
Travel with curiosity. It is now how far you go, but how deeply you go that mines the gold of experience. Throreau wrote a big book about tiny Walden Pond.
Travel with imagination. As the old Spanish proverb puts it, “He whole would bring home the wealth of the Indies must carry the wealth of the Indies with him.”
Travel fearlessly. Banish worry and timidity; the world and its people belong to you as you belong to the world.
Travel relaxed. Make up your mind to have a good time. Lets go!
Travel patiently. Its takes time to understand others, especially when there are barriers of language and customs; keep flexible and adaptable to all situations.
Travel with the spirit of a world citizen. You’ll discover that people are basically much the same the world around. Be an ambassador of goodwill to all people.
Wilferd A. Peterson
from The Chicken Soup for the Traveler’s Soul