"Be the change you want to see in the world." – Mahatma Ghandi
The meaning of life is quite simple. You just need to ask Mr. Google in the Box the question and he will answer it, as these young girls in Middle School in the town of Ochos Rios in Jamaica soon prove within a minute or so.
You just need to know the answer, and to ask.
“Desire is the cause of all suffering,” according to Buddhist teachings. Therefore the way to avoid suffering is to not desire anything. Let us put this teaching in the category of “wishful thinking.” Everybody desires something, and my desire on this site is to share with you what I have learned about various ways to become happy as they pertain to travel. In particular I wish to refer to anticipation. The video that accompanies this essay mentions a few tips and techniques (as I try to walk around my neighbourhood while shooting an extended video selfie on the topic without bumping into things). You will see the mantra “anticipation, experience and memories” on the website in posed several places. Here’s what it really means.
Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. - Mark Twain
For various reasons I was recently invited to a conference in Bermuda. There were almost 300 tourism delegates from all the Caribbean Islands in attendance. The topic was “sustainability.” That’s a good topic for many of the islands to discuss. Those high peaked islands formed by volcanoes are doing OK, but as the Minister of Tourism from the (flat) Bahamas said to me: “One day soon we will be under water, which is bad for tourism.” Yes, I guess so. However, the conference topic that interested me most was “experiential travel,” which was all the rage that year. Everyone is doing it, I was told.
On my hundreds of trips around the world, especially on media trips where I join a group of travel writers, I find that many people don’t take photos. Travel writers take notes. I am often tempted to tell them that all the information they need is likely on a website already. Since they may never come back again, the best way to preserve memories is by taking photos. Or, these days, video footage. Even cell phones have video footage now. It all depends what you are going to do with those images. A pocket camera or cell phone is fine for Facebook or Instagram or a similar disposable purpose, but if you want the moment to linger, or to use for more valuable purposes than a snap shot, you need a better camera.