“The Unvarnished Traveler” by Brian Raymond

Valletta, Malta

This is part of our continuing series where we give a voice to different people (real and imagined) and give our take on what they might say when asked, “Why should we all travel and explore the world?”

Greetings, fellow seekers of wisdom and knowledge! Today, I, the humble traveler known as Grasshopper, shall impart upon you the wisdom of traversing this vast world we inhabit. Just as the master once called me “grasshopper,” I now extend my wisdom to you, urging you to embark on a journey that will forever enrich your soul.

In the realm of Kung Fu, we learn to be one with the universe, to understand the interconnectedness of all beings. Likewise, through travel, we can unlock the gates to understanding the diverse cultures that coexist on this magnificent planet. By venturing beyond our comfort zones, we shed the veil of ignorance and embrace a world full of new experiences, profound lessons, and the opportunity to connect with people from different walks of life.

Karnak Temple

Karnak Temple

When we venture into uncharted territories, our senses awaken, attuned to the symphony of unfamiliar sights, sounds, and tastes. We learn to appreciate the kaleidoscope of cultures that shape our global community. Imagine savoring the spicy delicacies of India, meditating amidst Japan’s cherry blossoms, or dancing to the rhythmic beats of Brazil’s samba. Each encounter reveals a unique story, an opportunity to expand our horizons and become enlightened by the wisdom of others.

Through travel, we come face to face with the true essence of humanity. We learn that despite our differences in language, customs, and appearances, our shared desires, hopes, and dreams transcend all barriers. As Kung Fu teaches us to respect and honor our fellow beings, we discover that the values we hold dear are universal, transcending the boundaries of nation and creed.

Great Wall China

By embracing new cultures, we unlock the door to personal growth. Traveling cultivates empathy within us, granting us a deeper understanding of the struggles and triumphs of others. Our preconceived notions and biases melt away as we immerse ourselves in the lives of those whose paths we cross. We learn the power of unity and realize that we are all interconnected, interconnected in the great tapestry of existence.

So, my dear grasshoppers, I implore you to embark on this grand adventure. Set forth on a journey that will shatter your preconceptions and illuminate your soul. Absorb the teachings of foreign lands, seek wisdom from the elders of ancient civilizations, and find harmony in the diversity of our human family.

Florist in VietnamAs the master guided me, I now guide you to embrace the wonders of this world, to become enlightened through travel, and to recognize that each step you take is a step towards unity, understanding, and the ultimate realization of your true self.

Go forth, my dear grasshoppers, and let the winds of travel carry you towards enlightenment!

May your journey be filled with peace and profound discoveries.


Halong Bay, Vietnam

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