“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
― Marcel Proust
During the launch of the book ‘Travelling in, Travelling out’ at the Usha presents Mountain Echoes 2014 by HM Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, Namita Gokhale and Wendell Rodricks, the conversation steered towards the unexpectedness of journeys. How chance encounters with people, culture, cuisines and other serendipities on the road make our journeys more than a sum of its miles. As Ernest Hemingway once put it “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
The conversation also circled around the age old question: ‘Why do we travel? And ‘has the internet turned all of us into armchair travellers, taking away the essence of the journey from travel?’ All three speakers addressed these questions in their own ways. Namita Gokhale relished meeting people, both strangers and friends; HM the Queen Mother traveled to connect with her people; while Wendell Rodricks travelled for culture, relaxation and sports.
The discussion was peppered with personal anecdotes; how Wendell Rodricks unexpectedly met the granddaughter of Leo Tolstoy in Sweden! Or how the Queen Mother did most of her travelling on foot, once walking all the way from Thimphu to Arunachal Pradesh in India; to relate just two such anecdotes.
To explore what travelling means to various people, watch the video above and try to answer the question: Why do you travel? We would love to hear from you.