By traveling is ordinarily meant going from one place to another for domestic, business or similar other worldly purposes is not really traveling. Traveling, as the real sense of the term indicates, is going from one interesting place to another to see and learn mote and more. It has, thus, an educative end in view.
The world is very wide place in which prevail different cu1ture, manners and customs. So a man living comfortably at home can have no idea of these. He remains narrow in mind, narrow in thinking and narrow in appreciation. But man has a natural heart-hunger to know how others think, feel and live. This impels lm to move out of the limited sphere hi lives in. Even when there were extreme communication difficulties, these were men who left their cosy borne in search of knowledge and experience. All of them had to walk on foot and pass through perilous places Infested with wild animals. They had to pas over unsurmountable mountains and cross impassable and roaring rivers and sees. The allurement of the unknown was so irresistible with them that they went on and on with a hungry heart and without caring for dangers and difficulties.
History records examples of such knowledge-seeking and daring travelers. The Greek travelers Homer, Pythagoras, Herodotus and Megasthenis, the Chinese traveler linen Tsang, the Venetian traveler Marco Polo, the Egyptian traveler lbn-e.Batuta, the Persian traveler Sheikh Sadi and the English traveler Mungo Park were o great in their knowledge and wisdom because of their wide and adventurous travels. The works they have left are a testimony to what they saw, learnt and felt.
This shows travel is meant for the benefit of man. It broadens the outlook by bringing the traveler in contact with people of different testes, cultures, manners and customs. Our narrowness and angularities may wear away and we may be liberal in everything when, by travel, we are inclined to know and appreciate others. This gives us an opportunity to be relieved of the prejudices that we usually have about others whom we do not intimately know.
Book knowledge is often half knowledge theoretical in nature. Knowledge acquired through travel is practical. Travel thus supplements book knowledge and can make man a complete whole. It is for this reason that so much stress is laid on travel for students. It is said about Sheikh Sadi that he traveled for thirty years after finishing his education to be able to say only what was correct and his Gulistan and Bostan are a combination of his book knowledge and what he saw and learnt abroad.
The communication difficulties of the ancient days do not longer exist. So traveling now-a-days has become easier and less expensive. But its necessity has become all the more great. What the ancient travelers acquired in years we can now acquire in days. So undertaking travels during and after education is Imperative for us all. The present- day world has become smaller for communication facilities and people all over the world are eager to know one another and become closer. One who lags behind will assuredly be denied a share in the universal brotherhood that is in the offing. Like Ulysses’s our yearning spirit should ever desire to follow knowledge like a sinking star beyond the utmost bound of human thought.