“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” – Laozi
Nowadays, when we travel, we actually already know every single thing there is to see at our destination. We know what to expect, because we can explore every corner of our planet via Google Earth. We can search on Tripadvisor what the top recommendations at our destination are or we can even admire pictures from other travellers on social media. Based on this overload of information, we make a list of what we definitely need to see during our trip. We have a tight schedule of places we want to visit and we rush from one tourist hotspot to the other. All so we can take that one picture that proofs we have been there.
It is good to do some research about your travels, but try to remember why you are travelling in the first place. Go back to the true meaning of travelling. Travel with an open mind and absorb every stimulus the new environment offers you. Let your destination inspire you in different ways. It will certainly leave a mark and change you in a positive way. A traveller can never arrive at his destination, because travelling is something that creates more questions than answers. A traveller continues to learn more.
Laozi was a Chinese philosopher who lived during the 6th century BC. It makes him a contemporary of that other great Chinese philosopher, Confucius. Laozi is considered to be the founder of Taoism. Some suggest that he was the first libertarian as he was a strong believer of a minimal role of the government in society. There are many stories and legends about Laozi. One of them states that he went westwards to India on a water buffalo and became the teacher of Siddartha Gautama, better known as Buddha.