Taking a holiday trip around the world can be an experience that you will remember for the rest of your life. You will see so many wonderful things, take wonderful pictures and learn some of the culture from the locals. Every young person needs to travel and see the world, so that they do not have a ‘tunnel vision’ view of the world where your own little country is the centre of the universe. Its not. The more you travel, the deeper you realise this is true.
Have you heard the tale of the frog in the well? It is an old Chinese folk tale. There was a frog who lived in the bottom of a very deep well. Every day he used to look up at the sky, and he liked it very much. He felt he was very familiar with the sky, he saw it every day, and he knew “yes, I can see the sky, I can see the sky, I know the sky very well”. It was a little blue circle directly above him.
However one day a bucket came down from above, blocking the view of the blue sky and landed in the water, so that the frog had to go under the water to avoid being hit by it. By accident somehow, the frog found himself in the bucket – and then the bucket started to go back up again, with the frog inside it. As he was travelling up the well in the bucket, the frog noticed that the little blue circle of sky was getting bigger, and bigger. He had never seen the sky so big before! How could it grow? When he finally reached the surface, the frog jumped out of the bucket and onto some grass and hopped away, but the blue sky above him was bigger than he had ever seen it. He realised that he had thought he knew the sky, but he didn’t really.
The significance of this tale is that many young people think they know that the world is big, but little do they realise, they still have a very limited view of the world. That is why they need to travel and ‘get out of the well’.
However one thing that can spoil your holiday is worrying about pickpocketing and theft. Many people when they go overseas will bring all their money with them in cash, and that makes them vulnerable to thieves who will target them. Because they obviously look like foreigners, they are easily spotted in a crowd and thieves will flock to foreigners like pigeons flock to breadcrumbs.
That is why you can pay for much of your holiday in advance, paying for motels, flights and other big expenses before you arrive in the country, because sending money to India is easy now due to services like Orbit Remit. This ensures that you have less cash on your person when you walk down the street, and thus less risk of robbery. However you will need to make sure that the companies you are sending your money to are well-known and reliable or you may not get what you paid for when you arrive in the country, so that is why many people simply convert their money into rupees and take it with them on their vacation.