Anybody who likes to journey is not going to be shocked by Tom Leegstra’s perception that journey transforms us for the higher. However few of us have taken the time to investigate that transformation. In The Transformative Energy of Journey: How one can Uncover Your self by Exploring the World, Tom shares simply how journey adjustments us, instructing us to be extra affected person, extra tolerant, and extra open to new concepts, views, and variations. Generally journey and the experiences it brings may also be a little bit uncomfortable, however in these conditions, we’re all of the extra prone to expertise transformation.
The Transformative Energy of Journey has all the fundamental recommendation you want about touring, however past staple items like getting passports and remembering to pack toothpaste, the guide explores easy methods to go about setting targets on your travels-goals that aren’t nearly seeing a sight, however maybe about studying extra in regards to the particular particular person you’re touring with, or simply studying easy methods to chill out and have enjoyable, or studying to understand historical past or artwork, and most significantly, studying about different cultures and realizing on the finish of the day that persons are principally all the identical.
Tom begins by asking us to take off our clothes-not actually however metaphorically. It is time for us to be able to dress ourselves in new experiences. Journey makes you are feeling bare and weak, however Tom reminds us that in these weak instances is after we can develop essentially the most. “When you could have taken off your whole garments, you could have nowhere to cover that actual, weak self.” Then you may start reworking that self into an excellent higher model of you.
In fact, the world is stuffed with locations to journey. Tom is a real world traveler who has visited forty-three nations. For this guide, he targeted on three superb and numerous nations which have helped remodel him: France, India, and Cuba.
France is the journey he went on together with his girlfriend, a visit that solidified their relationship and ultimately led to their marriage. Sure, they visited the Eiffel Tower and all the opposite romantic Paris sights, however additionally they frolicked simply attending to know one another in lovely romantic settings so they might decide how suitable they’re.
In India, Tom discovered some superb issues about himself and the way he reacts to discomfort and feeling uncontrolled in an odd atmosphere. He additionally had some actually fantastic insights. This is his remark about visiting the Taj Mahal:
“Being there creates a surreal feeling of oneness with the individuals who crafted the positioning, regardless that they lived miles and miles away on a unique continent than I do and centuries earlier than me. Being there in particular person made me really feel I used to be related to these folks a technique or one other. It is a feeling that’s arduous to place into phrases, however it made me really feel small and really humble.”
All through the guide, Tom sprinkles in Professional-Ideas and Reflections on his experiences. He additionally teaches us to assume for ourselves. For instance, when he acquired to Cuba, he met somebody who had simply arrived by herself from Mexico Metropolis. He states: “I had heard horrible and scary issues about Mexico Metropolis, however she had explored the town by herself and appeared to haven’t any worry in any respect. I discovered that unimaginable. I believed I used to be a wimp for not having been to Mexico Metropolis but. That taught me once more an exquisite lesson: Do not imagine all the pieces you hear within the media. Maintain it actual! Do your individual analysis and ask vacationers who’ve been there.”
This assertion reveals a significant benefit of travel-it destroys false prejudices and preconceived notions. Tom states, “I’ve come to imagine that journey is one of the best and quickest approach to bust our personal assumptions or biases about folks, locations, and cultures.”
Tom additionally covers what to do when issues go flawed. The underside line: keep calm. He says, “Whereas such occasions might initially seem like they’re taking place to us, we will be taught over time that these occasions occur for us. There are classes for development we will take from these occasions and their penalties.”
The guide concludes with appendices that present extra sources and discover easy methods to take care of ambiguity and different points throughout your travels.
For those who’ve ever needed to expertise Cuba, India, France, or any nation, it is a nice guide to start out with. For those who like to journey, you’ll completely love studying about Tom’s experiences. If you’re nervous about touring, then turn out to be an armchair traveler by beginning with this guide; you might simply discover that it makes you courageous and prepared for an journey.