Travelling makes you modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.
There is a huge difference between being a traveller and being a tourist. When you travel, you completely throw yourself into the culture, you spend time with local people, you try new things and food. It’s time to stop looking at what’s directly in front of you and explore deeper into every place you visit. This is what travelling is really about. This is how you really see a place for all of its glory.
When I travelled to Bali this time my idea was to throw myself into the culture. I travelled with two beautiful souls, Jodie and Marcus and we wanted to see beyond the typical Instagram photos you see of Bali.
Now I must admit we did go to see some of the famous tourist sights, but when we realised that behind each Instagram picture there is an hour long queue, we decided to take the paths less travelled. For a traveller sees the world in which they are visiting, whereas a tourist brings their world with them and never really sees the one they’re in.
I can honestly say that one of my favourite days was when we took a wrong turn down to a dead end. There was a gorgeous family who helped us with directions and we ended up playing volleyball with them for hours. This is what travelling is really about. Taking yourself out of your comfort zone, meeting new people and exploring the depths of the earth.
Don’t just travel somewhere for a picture to post on Instagram, because everyone has one. Be unique in your adventures and I guarantee you will see so much more.
The traveller sees what he sees. A tourist sees what he has come to see.
Don’t be a tourist, be a traveller.