Travelling Broadens the Mind

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Our world is a great mixture of places, people, things, built by humans, or other, created by nature. It is like a huge whirlpool, twirling you in its deep layers of knowledge.

To travel means to discover. To discover new and unknown facts and images, which are so drily described in books and on television. Some people say that there is no difference between visiting a place and reading about it. But imagine what will be the feeling when you read about the beauty of Venice and see some photos of its canals and squares, compared to the one when you are there. When you travel in a boat along 'Canale Grande', inbreathe the salt air and touch the little blue-greenish waves with the top of your toes. Even this little experience imprints a sweet memory in your mind, making you smile whenever it shows on the surface of your thoughts.

To travel means to communicate. To meet lots of different, unique people, which bring with themselves the knowledge for their cultures, traditions, habits, preferences, ideas...They show you their views for life, their likes and dislikes...or even how they prefer to drink their cup of coffee in the morning. And everything has its charming side. And all of it is special, broadens your own sight towards the less or more important things, which surround us.

And all what is left, is to pack our luggage and head to a new journey. To enterprise the world, and discover its tiny little secrets, which make it such a wonderful place to live in.