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Travel And Tourism - Differences, Benefits And My Experiences

Travel And Tourism - Differences, Benefits And My Experiences
What comes to mind when you hear the word 'travelling' and 'tourism'?
Let me guess “fun-time”. In this post we would learn about these two words and what they actually stand for.

Travelling:-

Travelling simply is the activity of making journeys; travel, usually over a long distance. However one unique thing about travelling is that, each time you travel, it will be a different experience with its own lessons, different from anything you’ve learnt before travelling. In addition to “fun-time”, travelling also has other importance and benefits. 

The Benefits of Travelling

• Travelling provides good educational value. With its own lessons (from experience), it complements verbal classroom knowledge. 
• While travelling, a person comes across people of different races, religions, castes, regions, etc. He also visits different places, each having a historical importance of its own. 
• Travelling is also a source pleasure, like we said earlier, a traveller anticipates a bit of fun where he is travelling for business or simply for pleasure sake. 
• It gives us respite from our dull and dreary routine, and it relieves us of our worries. 
• It affords us an opportunity to meet our near and dear ones who may be far away from us. 
• It enables us to meet new people and know their customs, habits and traditions. 
• We can also know the different kinds of food eaten by people belonging to different regions. 
• By visiting other countries, we can know about their development and progress. We can also get acquainted with their culture and civilisation. It also promotes universal brotherliness.
• The one way to solve the problems of universal peace and progress is to remove all barriers in the way of free travel. Lack of communication is the root cause of misunderstanding and conflicts among various countries of the world.

Travelling is, therefore, a unique experience, and therefore it is important to plan your travelling well ahead, things like accommodation, travel transportation plan, e.t.c should be planned for ahead of the travel date. 
When one travels, he adds to his lifetime experience and has a story to tell. It also encourages the spirit of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” i.e., the whole world is one family.

Tourism:-

Tourism is travel for business or pleasure. It involves the theory and practice of touring, which includes a collection of activities, services and industries which deliver a travel experience comprising transportation, accommodation etc.
Tourism is the temporary movement of people to destinations outside their normal places of work and residence. 

The activities undertaken during their stay in these destinations by facilities are meant to cater the needs of the consumer. The act of travelling for pleasure is a luxury. Until recently only a restricted few had the time and money to travel. Increasing leisure, higher incomes and greatly enhanced mobility have combined to enable more people to partake in travel. 
The concept of wide-scale travel away from home is a relatively new phenomenon.

Travel Experience Of A Teenage Girl

As the first child of my parents, growing up in the eastern part of Nigeria was all I knew, until I turned 14, it was like I grew a foot that year and I felt it was time to experience the adventures of travelling. 
Before the school holidays came by, I had already made up my mind that I was going to spend my holidays at Bayelsa with my aunt and her family. School closed and I set out for my adventure.
It was on a sunny morning when we (my mum and I) set out for the journey. The sun woke up early which gave us the assurance that the journey was going to be a nice one. My mum and I quickly dressed up and hurriedly headed for the bus terminal. We spent almost 2 hours in the terminal before we started our journey. 

I sat with my mum by my right hand and an elderly man by my left in the spacious bus. I was earlier informed that the journey was going to take about 3-4 hours depending on road traffic encountered and the speed of the driver. Having waited for 2 long hours at the terminal, I was already tired and wanted to go home, hence I was a bit relieved when we started the journey. 
I thought of having some rest, but excitement of leaving the eastern region for the first time kept me awake, and I soon found myself looking out through the window. We passed through many places, at one point I saw this very big river which was surrounded by a big forest, it was a beautiful sight. I also saw a very huge and tall tree which looked like a masquerade with a cane on its hand. 
I asked my mum if someone had intentionally made it look that way, but she told me no one did,
About 30 minutes later, we drove through another town; it was their market day, we saw many people buying and selling in the market. It caused a traffic jam which lasted for about 10-15 minutes, during this time we say fishermen fishing near the market and selling to people who wanted to buy. Some children were playing near the river and also watching how the fishermen went on fishing. 

I slept off while in the traffic jam, but woke up when I over-heard some passengers arguing. I enquired from my mother the reason for their argument and she told me that the saw a monkey crossing the road and started talking about it. 
One lady said that a monkey was formerly a man who followed his mother to farm, but because he was lazy, he sneaked away from the farm into a bush and couldn’t find his way back home, and so had to live in the bush depending on fruits till he turned to a monkey. I wonder how such a myth originated, but that’s the story for you. I had a wonderful first-time travel experience. 
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