By travelling, we can visit historical places like Agra, Jaipur, Jhansi, Hyderabad, Nalanda, Mysore etc. We can also visit places of religious importance like Hardwar, Ujjain, Varanasi, Allahabad, Ajmer, Amritsar, Vaishno Devi, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Rameshwaram, etc. Travelling also enables us to go to hill resorts like Srinagar, Kulu, Manali, Dalhousie, Nainital, Darjeeling, otacamund, etc. and escape from the scorching heat of the plains.
Bacon was of the view that “travelling in the young is a part of education, in the older, a part of experience.” In fact, young boys and girls derive immense gain from travelling. They can know about the local customs, language, culture, tradition, etc. Travelling enables a person to mix with other people and forge social relationships. It teaches us to rise above narrow considerations of caste, colour and creed. It enables us to broaden our outlook. A person who rarely travels remains a prisoner of his own thoughts and prejudices. His position is that of a frog in the well. Travelling liberalises our outlook. It cultivates the spirit of tolerance in us.
Travelling plays a crucial role in national integration. It unites people of diverse castes, cultures, languages, dresses, etc. The major social evils of our country are casteism, communalism, etc. Travelling removes these evils. It brings together people of different races, religions, communities and regions and affords them an opportunity to mix and understand each other well. It creates a feeling of brotherhood among them.
Travelling to foreign countries promotes universal brotherhood. It gives us pleasure and enriches our experience. By visiting other countries, we can know about their development and progress. We can also get acquainted with their culture and civilisation. 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. It affords us an opportunity to acquire first-hand knowledge about our own country as well as about foreign countries. It develops the spirit of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” i.e., the whole world is one family. It increases our power of observation. It makes us social. It trains our mind and spirit. The hobby of travelling is thus a boon for the young.