Travel Broadens The Mind Essay Format

...a well-known axiom, “travel broadens the mind”. As international tourism tempts ever more of us to ever more distant destinations, do you think this axiom still holds true? “ According to Wikipedia, “In traditional logic, an axiom (...) is a proposition that is not proven nor demonstrated, but considered to be either self evident, or subject to necessary decision”. So, this logical statement “travel broadens the mind”, is supposedly a statement assumed to be true, presumably to most people. I do agree, but I also disagree with this axiom, this self evident truth. What is “broadening one´s mind”? What is “traveling”? “Travel broadens the mind”, at least according to an axiom that is very well known, as well as used. I am not quite sure that this particular axiom still holds true. At least not for me. But then again, maybe it does. And this, exactly, is my point. (BP) First of all, the ever expanding international tourism makes the world smaller. Not in actual size as a planet, of course, but people (and peoples) get ever more closer to each other, and have now, more than ever, probably, an amazing ability and opportunity to go and see new places; distant and exciting destinations are suddenly “available” to them, places people only dreamed about and was “out of their reach” only a few decades ago. Now, it´s all there – cheap, fast, exciting...nearly everyone...

Dec 16, 2016-We like to see new things and new places. We do not want to stay too long at the same place. People move on from one place to another, especially in foreign countries for different purposes. It is called travelling. We may travel in our own country or may go abroad. We may travel far or near. People have been travelling since time immemorial.

People travel for various reasons. Some people travel for the sake of pleasure—they go to see places of interest. Some travel for business—they go to buy and sell things. Some people travel for education. Some travel for health—they go to healthier places for a change of air. Some travel for pilgrimage. Some go to visit their kith and kin.

Travelling has great educational value. “Travelling while young is a part of education, in the order a part of experience.” Travelling teaches students better than books do in the sense that they learn faster by seeing things directly. We many not believe in what we read about a place of historical importance. But once we travel and observe the very place, our doubts are removed immediately. The information we have received from a book is confirmed. 

Travelling thus supplements our bookish knowledge. Unlike books, travelling gives us practical experience of the world.

Travelling has many advantages. It gives us pleasure. When we see beautiful places and fine scenery, our mind fills with joy. Travelling gives us knowledge. We see new places and meet new people. We learn many things about them. Travelling creates understanding and empathy, when we come into contact with people of different places. We understand their ways and manners. We begin to look upon them with respect. Travelling broadens our outlook and removes many prejudices and wrong conceptions. 

Travelling when young is a form of education and for the old, an experience. In the West, people travel a lot. They go to other places on weekends and other holidays. Students also are in the habit of travelling; education is not considered complete without travelling. The students of our country also should emulate this example. They should travel near and far.

To put it in a nutshell, while travelling we come in contact with different people and see interesting places. It definitely broadens our mental horizon. It widens our outlook to a great extent and we see things from many different angles. It thus develops in us a sense of value. Travelling brings a person closer to nature. One can take the full advantage of travelling only when one has eyes to see, ears to listen and a desire to learn. Hence, travelling is a practical means of broadening the mind.


Salma Moktan 

Grade 10

Reliance International Academy

Published: 16-12-2016 08:34

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