Have you ever wondered what the difference between travel and vacation? These two things look pretty similar, but I think there is a big difference. I think when someone really travels, he experiences a whole new culture that does not only live in a week-long resort. When I say that I experience a whole new culture, I mean to really experience the places, the sounds, the taste of people, all the things that make culture what it is. I think this is the real essence of traveling. How much culture can honestly experience if you just go for a week and spend time together in the hotel. I always complain when I hear people talking about the awful vacation they have taken or about their planning for taking. Not that I would not take vacation, it's not the same as the trip. Do not misunderstand me that I will never dismiss the holiday, but I would love to have someone let me go. I think vacation time is more time to relax and try to charge the battery where the journey can physically take and work. Let's look at some of the things that make the journey so different from the annual vacation.
For me the journey can be an exciting experience, but it can also be exhausting both mentally and physically. I think that first of all the thing that makes the trip so unique and surprising is the fact that you have experienced a totally different culture. I mean, is there something exciting and then experiencing a new culture? I especially love the new people you can meet while traveling. In most foreign countries, local residents will go honeymoon to a full-fledged foreigner. Of course, not every culture is like this, and there are actually some places you can actually see. Another thing I really love to visit a new culture is food, of course I'm a total food drug, so maybe you do not like food as I do. While some people are disappointed with the thought of eating something I can not even recognize, I absolutely love the idea of urinating culture through food. I think America would be America without apple pie? Absolutely not! So, just as America would not be America without apple pie India would not be India without Naan. So, the next time you travel, try some of the local foods. So, apart from the unique people and the unique food, there are a few other things that are great in relation to the journey compared to vacation.
Some people use their trip as a kind of time-consuming time and if that's what you want to do, the trip is definitely a great way to do it. People have been known to go around world travel for more than two years trying to understand better and often people come back knowing what they want to do with their lives or at least have a better idea. Likewise, when you live out of your backpack or suitcase with naked basics, you are inclined to understand what you think is really important in life. Nothing will make you understand the beauty of sunset as if you do not have a TV.
Another thing you can do while traveling overseas, which will throw you into culture and feel good about yourself, volunteering. Now there are many organizations that make you volunteer abroad, and often it is a ridiculous reward. So, my advice is that if you want to volunteer somewhere, and you are already at the destination, just ask. There are many different organizations in foreign countries, especially in developing countries, who would like to have you as a volunteer, and you will not even pay for it.
We have now looked at a few things that make a real trip and how to really throw yourself into culture, see how vacation is no different from traveling.
To show how vacation and travel are different, I'll use a vacation in Mexico and travel to Mexico. First, if someone goes to Mexico for vacation, he would probably go to a tourist town like Cancun. It's not that I'm dealing with Cancun I just say it's likely. That means you already have a bad position to learn about the culture because you have probably stayed at a resort that was only tailored to your needs. If you are traveling, you would probably have chosen a smaller tourist destination and you would probably find some kind of budget accommodation in the hostel. By simply staying in the hostel you can get in touch with the right local residents who are not just there to cheat you. Also, the resort will often have American food adapted to its American customers. This completely destroys the notion of experiencing new culture through food. On the other hand, if you are staying in a non-tourist part of the country you can experience the right local food, maybe even go to a real Mexican restaurant. Also, if you stay at the resort, you will only experience a summer resort, and when you leave, you will not even have the slightest idea of what local residents live. Besides, you will not learn anything about the new culture and I must say that learning about new cultures is one of the main reasons why I love traveling so much. So, all in all, vacation and travel share some similarities, but there are two completely different ways to experience culture. In fact, when you are on vacation, you can not truly experience what is true culture. So what would you rather go for a vacation or go to travel?