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Drive vs. Flight

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Shubham Gupta

Founder & Owner of: My Exploits

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Books and Writing Writer


I listen to the sound of the plane passing above me. I look up. I am itching to get on it or for that matter any of the many planes that fly past. Alas, I have a busy schedule to follow. Yet it is tolerant enough to allow the construction of imaginary far-flung spaces I take up, along with my magical reading-writing duo.

As I soak the scene in, I realize that I am more concerned about seeing the different places where I ‘reach’. The journey vaporizes into the fabric of space-time.

I picked up Nicolas Bouvier’s ‘Way of the World’ courtesy of my trusted guide ‘Goodreads’. It stood out thanks to the narrator’s distinctive destination in Khyber Pass. The author narrates his journey from Geneva to Khyber Pass in a car along with his friend Thierry Vernet.

Our sense of drive is deluded by our basic perspective towards life. We undertake a journey to reach a place, undermining the journey’s very essence. What pleasure would it gain on reaching an uncharted route,a journey undertaken only for the joy of travelling? This is something Nicolas Bouvier answers to in his book.

As Robert Louis Dickens said, “The greatest affair is to move”. Journey which allows for the confluence of mind and sight is the precursor to vision. Only when I apply my mind and heart to the society’s problems I see before me, can I develop solutions. It is not surprising that many social entrepreneurs are people who possess the lust, not to travel, but to undertake the journey.

The stereotypical image of ‘driving’ is the difficulty of this process. Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors. I, too chip in, “Bumpy roads make the best explorer”. A sense of motion along with the accumulation of various sensory stimuli is the basic ingredient for concocting the untasted and untested. Hitting the road fulfills the pre-requisite to truly enjoying travelling. A journey, however short, if digested slowly has more to offer than the exotic destination alone.

The magnitude of enjoyment can never be fathomed. Yet I believe I have given convincing evidence to show that a 100km drive is better than a holiday to the destination (however utopian it might be) 1000km away.


Article Credits: Shubham Gupta

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

(Tagged: For Inspirational, Travel, Writing Bloggers & More)
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9 Comments
  1. kenneth 5 months ago

    !
    When I flew to Italy, I think I caught the “travel bug” as they like to say!

  2. Random Repeat 5 months ago

    Reblogged this on .

  3. OaktownVibes 12 months ago

    I enjoyed reading this. It was very insightful and has got my thinking juices going. Thank you for sharing

  4. The Tale Light Trekkers 1 year ago

    I’ve flown a gazillion times. Nothing beats a good, slow road trip! Which is what we will be doing when we become full time RV’ers at the end of this summer 🙂 check out our journey
    http://www.thetalelighttrekkers.com

  5. Jonathan ZaZa 1 year ago

    Reblogged this on ZigZag with ZaZa and commented:
    “Only when I apply my mind and heart to the society’s problems I see before me, can I develop solutions. ”
    This quote really sticks out to me within your post. I traveled to Australia, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia last month and have visited Italy in the past.
    If you want to check out some of my travel experiences, jump over to my blog!

    When I flew to Italy, I think I caught the “travel bug” as they like to say!
    Since then, I have taken several driving trips to nearby, and sometimes not so nearby, major cities. I will say that the interactions and growth that can be accomplished through a closed door car ride is incredibly different than stepping on a plane and flying to a shared destination. I’ve taken trips with friends and family to Chicago, Cincinnati, New York, Miami, amongst other places as well.
    Driving allows for spills, and messes, stops at gas stations, and random shops or hole-in-the-wall foodstuffs in small towns along the route. Each has its highlights for sure, but driving with a group in a van may be my favorite route of travel!!

  6. Jonathan ZaZa 1 year ago

    “Only when I apply my mind and heart to the society’s problems I see before me, can I develop solutions. ” This quote really sticks out to me within your post. I traveled to Australia, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia last month and have visited Italy in the past.
    If you want to check out some of my travel experiences, jump over to my blog!

    When I flew to Italy, I think I caught the “travel bug” as they like to say!
    Since then, I have taken several driving trips to nearby, and sometimes not so nearby, major cities. I will say that the interactions and growth that can be accomplished through a closed door car ride is incredibly different than stepping on a plane and flying to a shared destination. Driving allows for spills, and messes, stops at gas stations, and random shops or hole-in-the-wall foodstuffs in small towns along the route. Each has its highlights for sure, but driving with a group in a van may be my favorite route of travel!!
    I enjoyed the thought provoking voice and the poetic speech you have used! Thanks for sharing!

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      shubham13596 1 year ago

      Thanks very much !! I am glad you liked the idea of travelling in a more interactive manner.

  7. Jack 1 year ago

    Reblogged this on The Missal.

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