In modern times, even if we look superficially, we find there are predominantly four kinds of travellers.
- The “Touristy” traveller – one who travels to a place only to see all the major tourist attractions of that place (and to share ten thousand pictures with friends to bore them – including the snaps of public messages at railway station/airport!).
- The “Working” traveller – one who travels only for work – there is no time for taking a break and looking around.
- The “Relaxing” traveller – one who travels to take rest – there is no time for rest in his regular life.
- The “Sick” traveller – one who travels to get healthcare – some specialized medical treatment/surgery – that is also being cashed on under the name of “health tourism”.
Now these categories are for normal people.
There’s one category which I sometimes pity and sometimes envy – the TV show travellers! The ones who get to travel to places and also earn a living out of it! I envy them because they get to see so much around the world. I pity them because after a while, living out of the suitcase week after week can become a tad annoying – but then that’s my opinion – probably they think differently.
Sometimes I think if I had Floo Powder/Apparation skills/Portkeys, I’d go and see so many places – the painful journey part of reaching a place would be so much smaller – and you could go when you wanted to – no planning required!
(For the uninitiated, these are magical modes of travel described in Harry Potter books 🙂 ).
Fantasies apart, I feel thankful for we’ve come a long way from the way our ancestors travelled – months of travelling via boats, carts, on foot! I really wonder what “travel bug” bit people in those days which inspired them to undertake painful and uncertain journeys! On second thoughts, I think it’s the restlessness of being a human – especially inside ones who question existence itself – that inspires the traveller in us – however hard the journey is, there’s the hope of finding something new when it ends. Probably that is what life is about….