To travel around the world has become a “piece of cake”, became a mass sport, a new religion of the bored humanity. A month ago I returned from Easter Island and tomorrow I am flying to Japan. At the same time, I saw very clear what our carbon footprint is causing to our planet. A big mystery to me is how we have allowed greedy people and corporations to turn something as wonderful as travel into another industry that helps us to reach the end of our civilization.
Tourism catched the wave of those wishing to “see the world” and devised broiler-type tours. Lots of money incoming this way, but such a trip is like working in an office from 9am to 6pm. Even so-called “spiritual” journeys have also become a just business. True pilgrimage is where you go on foot or use a simple bike! Everything else is hypocrisy and vanity! But how many people will see this and give up the amenities? We travel a lot now, but we really don’t get anywhere. My life experience shows that the golden middle road is the most effective. Travels can’t stop, but it’s a good idea to do them consciously, not just to put a checkpoint on visited places in a virtual map!
With time, I learned to travel in the most responsible and conscious way I can. They call it easy travel. I try to use the least vehicles I can, that produce poison. I do not run dazzled and amazed in multilingual crowds to the most popular tourist sites. I do not want to be involved in turning them into toilets.
I am looking for sensory experiences for the body, soul and mind. I am not in a hurry to see everything by the synopsis, but I want to immerse myself in the way people think. Meeting them is important to me. I want to know more about their language, even if I don’t speak it! I am interested in what is not acceptable in their culture according their traditions. I talk to them often using only body language and we get fantastic conversations. I ask them what they believe in, what God is for them and, of course, I am very curious how they’re having fun …
I now accept the conditions and hygienic features of any place. Even if it’s light years away from my understanding of accommodation and service. I like to get to know the authentic shamanic traditions, but also to meet the street culture.
I embark on this type of adventures and have accepted the Conscious Journey for a Cause because of the standard approach to sightseeing – it’s had its time. I have left the program for Peru because it is one of the most impactful and transformative experiences I have organized. More on my new Conscious Journey project soon!