What is Experiential Travel?

Experiential travel is a pattern in tourism and is otherwise called “inundation travel”. It is a methodology to voyaging which concentrates on encountering a nation, city or specific place by associating with its history, individuals and society.

To experience the travel of a lifetime travelling countries you have never ever travelled, learning different cultures, making new and exciting friends along the way, or even volunteering in a country, and helping those children, who are even though less fortunate than us, but very strong individuals because they had to be.

What really comes to mind when I hear this word experiential, is taking a group of children to visit a very needy country, so they can volunteer and actually see and help those children with much less or hardly nothing, that they may complain about not having enough of.  It seems like when you have sacrifice and have hardly nothing, it tends to make you very strong.

Seems to me that kids of other countries, tend to have such big smiles when they see that somebody actually cares about them! It will help our kids see and know how to appreciate and be grateful for what they have, and also to give a better sense of helping others without expecting anything in return which to myself is priceless in itself and way better which money cannot buy.  Our kids need this experience and to learn about others helps us to know just who we really are in a way of speaking!

The thought behind experiential travel is that explorers are sightseers, as well as rather drench themselves into the society, history and lives of the individuals in any specific goal. They can do this by staying in mainly claimed and worked housing, consuming at restaurants frequented by local people, having nearby aides, going to a provincial celebration and that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

Experiential travel makes me think about somebody I studied while at the community college, and that was Viktor Frankel and how he survived after being arrested, and observed those during his practicing medicine at the Nazi prison camp, how strong they had to be because of unfortunate circumstances. I would like to share a piece of an article which I read which hits home when it comes to experiential travel.

“In September 1942, Viktor Frankl, a prominent Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist in Vienna, was arrested and transported to a Nazi concentration camp with his wife and parents. Three years later, when his camp was liberated, most of his family, including his pregnant wife, had perished — but he, prisoner number 119104, had lived. In his bestselling 1946 book, Man’s Search for Meaning, which he wrote in nine days about his experiences in the camps, Frankl concluded that the difference between those who had lived and those who had died came down to one thing: Meaning, an insight he came to early in life. When he was a high school student, one of his science teachers declared to the class, “Life is nothing more than a combustion process, a process of oxidation.” Frankl jumped out of his chair and responded, “Sir, if this is so, then what can be the meaning of life?”

As he saw in the camps, those who found meaning even in the most horrendous circumstances were far more resilient to suffering than those who did not. “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing,” Frankl wrote in Man’s Search for Meaning, “the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

“Frankl worked as a therapist in the camps, and in his book, he gives the example of two suicidal inmates he encountered there. Like many others in the camps, these two men were hopeless and thought that there was nothing more to expect from life, nothing to live for. “In both cases,” Frankl writes, “it was a question of getting them to realize that life was still expecting something from them; something in the future was expected of them.” For one man, it was his young child, who was then living in a foreign country. For the other, a scientist, it was a series of books that he needed to finish. Frankl writes:

This uniqueness and singleness which distinguishes each individual and gives a meaning to his existence has a bearing on creative work as much as it does on human love. When the impossibility of replacing a person is realized, it allows the responsibility which a man has for his existence and its continuance to appear in all its magnitude. A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the “why” for his existence, and will be able to.”

I just love this quote and helping others can be such a healing experience for our own minds, bodies and our souls too and when volunteering or just merely travelling to another destination, can and will help us to understand our own lives so much better and how grateful we should truly be!

Experiential travel can be discussed from 10 persons travelling to 10 different countries, visiting all different cultures, and it would still not be defined in a few words, because there are so many different walks of travel; to different places with all different cultures, yet the very same people who are very strong because they have to be strong.

What and why I shared this goes back to why I followed the BLLA while studying in my earlier years of college.  With a focus on advances that include adaptive reuse and sustainability, experiential travel, wellness, community engagement, and new definitions of luxury, is what I feel about the BLLA and what they offer to its clients, stakeholders, suppliers, etc.

In closing, as Nicholas Kontis, of the Huffington Post stated in his title blog, “Go Local! And You Just Might Return a Better Person.

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/01/theres-more-to-life-than-being-happy/266805/?single_page=true

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nicholas-kontis/go-local-and-you-just-might-return_b_5439508.html

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