TRAVELLING AS A MEANS OF EDUCATION
Travelling is an essential part of the extracurricular activities of a number of colleges and Public Schools. These are educational tours. A few students may travel from city to city to see the industrial development in these areas. Students belonging to the faculty of Commerce or those who have offered Economics would like to travel even to mines to acquire firsthand knowledge about what they study in theory.
Sometimes people travel to know about the social condition of the people in different regions. India is a vast country. It is said that people have the same culture everywhere. Travelling allows us to know what differences are there and how they are dissolved to have perfect unity. Travelling is the only way to know about historical places and monuments. An archaeologist has to move from place to place to acquire knowledge about the historical buildings. He educates himself through travelling.
Travelling in trains and buses we come in contact with people of different areas. If we travel on feet we are very close to nature and to the people who live around the nature in the rural areas or those who dwell in valleys in the hilly tracts. Stevenson was a great wanderer, so was Swami Vivekanand. They and the Hindu saints moved from place to place. They informed themselves that the people of India had a low standard of living. It was a part of their pragmatic life to educate themselves through travelling. They learnt a number of things and used them in the development of the country. Gandhi exhorted young men to educate themselves by travelling in the rural areas so that they may later work at the grass root level.