How does a gentleman travel? The answer is simple. A gentleman travels the easiest and most convenient way possible. In the literal sense, a gentleman travels by commercial plane, private plane, his own plane, a friend’s plane, big boat, small boat, privately chartered boat, SUV, chauffeured driven car, Business Class and First Class, over mountains, over oceans, up and down escalators, on foot, subway, train, metro, cable car, and even a camel or a mule.
In a deeper sense, a gentleman travels to discover the world. The sights, sounds, aromas, tastes and touch of an unfamiliar place expand the knowledge of anyone who travels. You can travel across your neighbourhood, your city and even around the world. No matter where you go, you’re sure to receive an education you’ll never find in a classroom or a book. You can learn a wee bit from television tho’ television really is a black hole that steals your time away from more meaningful things in life.
The cultures and the people we meet along the way teach us that we are all just trying to make it. We simply try to make it in different ways. But everyone you meet along the way will teach you something you didn’t know before. If you’re lucky, you will learn a lot about yourself as well.
Travelling around the world with my camera I am afforded stunningly beautiful opportunities to capture what is before me. I am often awestruck at man-made structures. I’m often in complete wonderment being amongst Mother Nature’s magical creations. But, what moves me most are the genuine souls of varying cultures who unconditionally help to uncover special parts inside of me.
Whether a divining wind sways me, or a guiding hand shifts me, I always find myself in the path of strangers who sequentially become my brothers or sisters. Perhaps this is sheer luck. Perhaps I have a sign on my back that says – “Hey! I’m a nice guy. Come talk to me.” Perhaps not knowing why is of no great importance and I accept my good fortune without question.
There is a peacefulness with this which I hold very close to my heart. Quite honestly, these are moments never obtained with the click of the shutter. These moments of building new bonds stay etched in my mind.
Travel is one of the most rewarding and powerful gifts we can give ourselves. You can obviously give the gift of travel to others. I’ve said this many times throughout this blog tho’ I’ll say it again. Travel is one of the best educations you can ever receive. There is no substitute for travel.
So, how does a gentleman travel? A gentleman travels with an open heart and an open mind. He travels with eyes wide open. He rarely travels with a set agenda. A gentleman travels with few expectations. And, he takes each day as it comes.