Travelling as a Means of Education

English Essay on "Travelling as a Means of Education"

Travelling is very important and useful in our life. It is the only symbol of active life. A stationary life is, in fact, a life without vigor, freshness and progress. A stay-at-home person is dull, lifeless and inactive. It has many advantages. Besides giving pleasure, it breaks the monotony of our life, enlarges our contact with the outer world and broadens our outlook. It is highly profitable not only the economic and commercial sense but also in the intellectual sense.

Travelling is a wider term. Whatever may be the purpose for which you travel, it includes travelling in your own country, travelling in foreign countries and exploring the unknown lands and places. All the explorers, the adventurers, the mountaineers, the hikers, the hunters, the holiday makers and the like are basically the travellers.

The educative aspect of travelling is spontaneous and automatic. This educative value is twofold. Firstly, you learn about the particular things for which you travel. For example, a hunter can learn more and more about hunting, the quarry, the type of the land where he is to hunt and other relevant details. Similarly, a mountaineer can know much about the mountains, the weather, the clouds, the rains, the glaciers, the rocks and other things in this respect. This is the knowledge of a specialist. The more he travels, the more he learns about his particular skill and the more he specializes himself. His knowledge can be helpful not only to his own self but also to other who wants to follow his footsteps.

Secondly, a traveller can acquire general knowledge. If, for example, he travels in other parts of his country he can have complete knowledge of his' mother land and his II countrymen. If he happens to travel in foreign countries he can know all about that land and the people and their customs the type of government that they have the rivers, the mountains and other details about the land and its climate the geographical, the social economic aspects of their life their religion, and culture their food, dress and manners their ideas their business, commerce, industry, agriculture and banking and many other things.

This knowledge is gained in an interesting manner. Imagine the plight of a school student cramming the lessons of history, geography and social sciences. Howsoever essential the knowledge may be for his mind and his practical life but we can't deny that this process is the most dull, monotonous, tiresome and difficult. There is every likelihood that the student may develop distaste for the subject.(9essay.com) According to the modern techniques of teaching we use various devices to make these lessons as interesting as possible. The school authorities make judicious use of maps, charts, globes, films, models and' other such illustrations. Even then there are certain difficulties and certain students still feel tired of the subject. But the knowledge acquired by means of travelling is not only .interesting but everlasting. There is absolutely no need of taking up the note-book and cramming. The traveller can learn all about geography, agriculture and social sciences by his active contact with these phases of life.

There is yet another educative value of travelling. That is the enlightenment of mind and vast experience. When we meet the other people we know about their Ideas. This knowledge automatically broadens our mind. We can remove prejudice and narrow-mindedness. We learn to tolerate the views of others. We can cultivate sympathy and kindness for the difficulties of other people. We can, thus, develop humanitarian out-look which can make us better men than we are. Moreover, the contact with other people gives us a lot of experience in practical life. For a traveller the entire world is a laboratory where he can practically learn the art and ethic of a successful life.

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