The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. (Marcel Proust)

in #travel2 months ago

We have been in the midst of COVID for more than a year, and it has greatly impacted the tourism sphere. Tourist guides have been without work, airlines had their planes standing on the ground, and taxi drivers have been waiting for new tourists to come to the airport without any luck. We have been greatly impacted by this.

Things are starting to get back to normal, and it can easily be seen as I recently traveled, that people are getting back on planes again and they are traveling to major cities all around the world. But, I believe one of the most important things you can do, whether you travel or not, is to listen to this piece of advice from Marcel Proust.

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The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

Do you know that you can be a tourist in your own city as well? So often, a tourist coming to your hometown will end up seeing more and noticing more within a few days, than you have done in years. Why is that? Because they are looking in a different way. They don't start at their mobile phones all day long, but instead, they look at the buildings, at the landscape, and they enjoy the environment and whatever they are seeing.

Instead of just walking the streets of Budapest and look down for dog-poop on the ground, they end up seeing the beautiful landscape and the panorama along the River Danube, and maybe, they will end up stepping into some poop because they look up and not down, but still - they will end up experiencing and seeing things that have been there all along, we are just to busy noticing them (if we live there all along).

So, why don't you open your eyes and start to discover the things around you. Maybe you have walked the same road hundreds of times. Walk or drive the same road today, but look for something new, with new eyes!

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