Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Ways to travel, another approach

When we hear the phrase "ways to travel", it is usually referred to the means that we will choose to travel and sleep on our route. I won’t talk about that in this post.
What I am going to write is about our mental dispositions, our expectations when we travel.
I’ve choose three words for three different trips: Being, passing or knowing.
Let us see the meaning of the words according to the dictionary:
• Being: Said of a person or a thing: To exist, to be in this or that place, situation, condition or current way of being
• Pass by: Carry, drive from one place to another. Change, move to another place. Cross from one part to another.
• Knowing: To ascertain by the exercise of the intellectual faculties the nature, qualities and relations of things
But according to the culture and concern of each person, the concept of travel is different:
- There are groups of tourists whose motivation is to visit the maximum of monumental sites, shopping areas and shows, indistinctly. They tend to lean more on the fame of the site than on their own personal interest. These are those of the BEING group.
- There are groups of tourists whose objective is to take the photo in front of the most emblematic places that appear in the guides of the places they pass through. These are those of the PASS BY group.
- There are other people who decide to travel to discover from the visited places different customs, unusual meals out of their daily diet and discover a different natural surroundings than they have in their usual comfort living places. These are those of the KNOWING group.

In Conyegar we like to give guided walks and interpreted walking tours that are aimed at the third group. We combine the comments about the species that we find in the nature of the area, with debates about photography and legends of the place, to finish tasting traditional cuisine of the region.

Extremadura, Spain