Saturday, September 20, 2008

What Makes Travel Memorable?

Travel is one of the best time to have bonding with friends or family. Somehow for some cases it could be a big hit or a big bust. I remember doing mountain climbing with our local mountain climbing group. 

The mountain we went to was one of the most frequently visited mountain we went to. Like this is our R and R destination. Yet there are times when it was really a dull moment. But one of our trips in this mountain became a most memorable one. 

The mountain is not really one of those virgin forest neither it has something unique to offer. It was half denuded mountain. It was terribly hot in the morning because it was right next to an open ocean. At night it was a cold and  windy mountain.

Then in one of our trips when  old timers and new members of the mountaineering  club conglomerate to this mountain. It was really fun. We acted like real free birds flying over the horizon with gusto. We cooked the best food that we ever had on a mountain. We never got drunk but we had the best laugh. 

On our way down, we had the most wonderful feeling we ever had on the mountain. One of my fellow moutain climber even made a comment. That this mountain is really nice. I looked back. It is half denuded due to illegal logging. It was hot and nothing spectacular to offer. But it was the spirit of camaderie that made this mountain special. As I looked back I saw my friends coming down, both old and new friends, and the night we all had. I saw the mountain in a different light.The mountain has more colors. The hot weather became warm as a human body surrounding me with a lot of friendship. The mountain became the mountain of friendship and not just another mountain to climb but a mountain full of memories. 

Since that time, everytime I travel. I see to it I travel with the person or people I really like and love. I can travel with a complete stranger but the chemistry has to be there. We have to hit the spark in each one of us. This makes those bad times or those unplanned circumstances an experience worth laughing about in the future. Every minute is worth remembering.It is not always the destination that makes a trip special,its always the people who travel with you. It has to be someone whom you really like.The destination and the places are just instrumenta
l that adds climax to a trip. Remember that in the movie, music enhances the scene and the backdrop makes the scene more intense yet it is the emotions of the characters that makes you feel the whole story.  In travelling it is the same, its the human soul that makes a trip really special.

So go travel only with people you only like, people who share the same interest with you or someone who has that good chemistry with you. Otherwise, its like you already have a trip close to a doomed holiday.Best is to travel with someone you truly love.That is the most romantic and the best travel plan ever to have.

You people know what I mean.