In the oven-hot bus from Larantuka to Maumere, my new friend Bapak Richard Demu – a school officer retiree in Ngada – shared that he loved travelling no matter how far or close it is from his home. “To travel is to respect others,” he winked with his animated face. …
Saya tidak ingat, seberapa jauh interaksi saya dengan penduduk setempat selama perjalanan menjadi inspirasi untuk perubahan yang baik di kehidupan saya selanjutnya?
Travel in its purest form removes the need for any categorising or labelling of intentions under green travel, eco travel or any other banner. What is most important is that travel is a personal, inner journey that challenges us and encourages personal growth; an experience that we can learn from and can use to connect more intimately with the world around us.
Nature is so kind. Any conservation effort we do can not complement what nature has given to us. Yet, any little damage we make brings big loss to nature, to us, human race. Now think!