Posted by: Waheeda Harris | April 10, 2012

Travelling to see the unknown

For us who love to travel, its all about the destination. Planning on where to go, what cities to choose, what trails to get us out of the cities and what places on earth we need to see.

But what about not choosing a destination? Or planning to see the unknown?

I envy those who have stood at a bus station or an airport and decided to go somewhere just because they could. A random choice when needed without any idea of what would unfold after that decision had been made.

Its harder to do this today, with so much information happily exchanged between friends and strangers thanks to social media, but sometimes it seems like it still could be possible.

When I was riding the Peak to Peak Gondola between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains on a snowy day at the end of March, I wondered what it was like to be a visitor who came to the west coast up to the  mountains to see snow.

Imagine never seeing it before in person – only seeing snow thanks to movies and television. Not knowing the sensation of something soft, cold, wet and delicate that can be frustrating and unrelenting as much as it can be fun and fantastic.

I know there’s many people that haven’t got a clue what snow is like. A good friend who lives in the Caribbean, lamented to me that her kids are desperate to see snow in person, and kept asking about it last December during the holidays.

And I thought even if most of earth has been discovered and dissected, revealed and celebrated, there’s still a way to travel to the unknown, its just about finding out what that is for you.

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