Recently, someone asked me what has Travel taught me.
For a moment, I paused to ponder over it. For me travel is always about losing myself, finding myself. Running away from something, Running towards something. An answer to a question never asked. An inexplicable calling of a place, a place I have never seen before. Conversations with strangers: people I have never met.
Travel is all those strange faces you meet in a journey and fall in love with.
All those moments of warmth and deep bonding with people who you have never known.
All those chance conversations in buses and cafes that lead to great friendships.
All those pieces of yourself you find in the people you meet.
All those fragments you leave in others after you part with them.
Travelling is beautiful. It is a two way affair. Where languages fail, emotions take over. Where stereotypes break, new beliefs flourish, ice is broken with simple gestures, no one cares about where you come from and the luggage of your past.
A few days ago, I came across this absolutely heart warming video of British Airways which captures this emotion beautifully.
It instantly brought back memories of a lot of people I met and befriended during travels. People whom you hardly know, but whose love strikes a chord in your heart and stays for years to come.
Of an air hostess who befriended me when I wasn’t well and that conversation turned into a lasting friendship.
Of locals who helped me find my way, gave me their numbers and were met again when I revisited the place.
Of people who opened their homes and hearts, offering not just meals and tea, but their precious time, in an age of restless chaos and trust in an era of disbelief and suspicion.
Of beautiful faces clicked by my camera but touching memories stored in my heart.
Of inspirational stories unearthed totally by chance.
The video also reminded me of all those people I have met from across the world, who have fallen in love with India and its people.
Radhika, a yoga teacher who has made India her home.
Kathleen, an Asian traveller who loves India and keeps revisiting it for the love for its culture.
Mariellen Ward whose love for India is evident in her writings and travels.
Steve McCurry whose work speaks volumes of his affinity towards India.
And many many more.
Have you made wonderful friends while traveling? Strangers that you have fallen in love with?
People who brought a tear to your eye when you bade them goodbye.
Do share your heart warming stories of travel fuelled by love. Would love to read them!