By Salim Chaudhary, Head of Ground Operations with AirAsia India
Travel is a form of therapy to some, wanderlust to many.
Travel is educational, it helps you understand culture, it fashions memories through experiences.
Travel finds you new friends, it offers adventure, and in many ways it is humbling — it makes us modest enough to think of what a tiny place we occupy in this world.
Travel is the backbone that ties and connects several industries, be it leisure and pilgrimage or trade and migration.
Travel is not only a passion but also an integral part of the lives of several people. Some travel to learn from experiences, while some travel to take a break from their routine life. No matter the reason, travelling opens doors for us to explore the world beyond our imagination and indulge in many eye-opening experiences.
Travel is the art of immersing oneself in a holistic experience that leaves a mark on the conscience, the body and the heart.
Travel is to take something intangible along, something that we can look upon and reminisce as fond memories, and a learning experience.
The world is like a book with diverse pages and for those who do not travel, they have not had the opportunity to read a solitary page. Travel helps people explore more pages in the book of life, where the most beautiful moments are a departure into unknown, unexplored lands.
We — those of us who have been vaccinated, sensitized and sanitized — we live in a post-pandemic world. And among the delights of our freedom, is the freedom to travel.
And indeed, among those who share our post-pandemic world are some of us who travel with vigour. In the post-pandemic world, travel is seeing a shift from business and corporate segment to environmental and recreational tourism — creating livelihoods through business opportunities for businesses in a destination.
Travel spawns tourism. Tourism is vital for the success of economies around the world. It will bring diverse cultures together, contributing to peace and sustainability — and we do know, this is the need of the hour.
Travel will make this world a better place to live in.
Life is to be lived. So go out and explore.
And as you explore, remember that you have to risk going too far to discover just how far you can really go. And thus you write the poetry of life.
Salim Chaudhary is the Head of Ground Operations at AirAsia India. He believes that travel trends favour air travel, due to the safety measures taken by the airport operators and airlines collaboratively. AirAsia India has been working to offer safe, contactless solutions to define the new normal in air travel.