Our Travel Club is a group of curious, exploratory and creative travelers. We see travel as a tool for personal growth, an intimate learning experience, an opportunity to express creativity and a way of establishing personal bonds with fellow travelers and cultures.
We accept all people who are curious about, or have a love of travel, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, color, age, political affiliation, ethnicity or religion. And yes we welcome you if you are a democrat, a republican, an independent or any other party, we just don’t want to hear about it.
The information on the world outside our immediate context comes to us via mass media. This information - stories based on which we think and evaluate the world - are extremely biased, and often completely wrong. Based on them we build our mental map of the world. If our knowledge is generic, our map won't be much better. A map that doesn't stem from our personal experience and personal effort, but has been semi-digested and handed to us on a silver platter. A map on which medieval sea serpents have been replaced with contemporary spin stories and propaganda.
What we know about the world determines, in great part, what we feel about it. And what we feel determines what we do. Wrong and partial information leads to a lack of understanding, which in turn leads to the feeling of dissociation and abstraction. If we perceive something as abstract and disconnected from ourselves, we are mostly indifferent to it and feel no responsibility whatsoever. And indifference, ignorance, and insensitivity to the world we live in are not only irresponsible, they are also dangerous. Travel means getting out of the bubble of individual life, family, state, and an attempt at experiencing the world personally and at first hand. Empty maps in our heads become filled with personal elements each of which tells a single story, free from anyone's selfish interests.
The world becomes something personal, something that belongs to us. And the understanding, compassion and the feeling of responsibility for the whole world becomes not only possible but inevitable.
The group is new but our experiences aren't. One more thing.... if you haven't traveled at all but would like to this would be a great place to start!