The Many Faces of Travel

The world we live in is a mystifying and enchanting place and if you have the drive to explore it, then you are sure to find yourself in some amazing places. But sometimes it’s not about the places, it’s about the people. The faces of the thousands of lives that you come in contact with while you’re on the road can stay with you as long as the memories of the destinations themselves. There are times when it seems that you catch something special in a photograph. When you look back at the glossy paper, or the computer screen, you see something more than a two dimensional image. Sometimes it almost seems as if you can see a person’s history, hardships and humanity gleaming behind the face that the camera managed to capture. These fleeting moments are perhaps nothing to those who find themselves victim to the truth of the lens, but in them you can find something real. In the eyes of despair, you can see hope. In the face of adversity, you can find a hero, and in the depth of poverty, you can find triumph. These photos have moved us and we consider ourselves blessed to have been touched by these faces, and to sometimes share in the lives behind them. These are the people of our world and the many faces of travel.

The Ibo Boy By The Boat - Ibo Island, Mozambique

The Ibo Boy By The Boat – Ibo Island, Mozambique

Pilgrimage To The Himalayas - Kathmandu, Nepal

Pilgrimage To The Himalayas – Kathmandu, Nepal

A Man Lost In Thought - Mandalay, Myanmar

A Man Lost In Thought – Mandalay, Myanmar

A Stern Glance From The Nile - Luxor, Egypt

A Stern Glance From The Nile – Luxor, Egypt

Face Paint - Quirimbas, Mozambique

Face Paint – Quirimbas, Mozambique

Fishing Friends - Inle Lake, Myanmar

Fishing Friends – Inle Lake, Myanmar

A Percarious Place To Play - Petra, Jordan

A Precarious Place To Play – Petra, Jordan

Run Home - Tangier, Morocco

Run Home – Tangier, Morocco

Mother And Child - Quirimbas Island, Mozambique

Mother And Child – Quirimbas Island, Mozambique

The Beetle Nut Smile - Inle Lake, Myanmar

The Beetle Nut Smile – Inle Lake, Myanmar

Desert Boy - Mut, Egypt

Desert Boy – Mut, Egypt

A Man And His Wagon - Delhi, India

A Man And His Wagon – Delhi, India

The Last Of The Ifugao - Banaue, Philippines

The Last Of The Ifugao – Banaue, Philippines

Eyes Of Wonder - Mozambique

Eyes Of Wonder – Mombassa, Kenya

Face Of The Pa-U - Inle Lake, Myanmar

Face Of The Pa-U – Inle Lake, Myanmar

Jimmy The Falucca Captain - Aswan, Egypt

Jimmy The Falucca Captain – Aswan, Egypt

A Hard Sell - Delhi, India

A Hard Sell – Delhi, India

The Smiles Of Faith - Mozambique

The Smiles Of Faith – Mozambique

The Worried Eyes Of A Chai Wallah - Rishikesh, India

The Worried Eyes Of A Chai Wallah – Rishikesh, India

Beads Of Prayer - Inle Lake, Myanmar

Beads Of Prayer – Inle Lake, Myanmar

The African Beach Life - Mozambique

The African Beach Life – Mozambique

The Chai Guy - Rishikesh, India

The Chai Guy – Rishikesh, India

The Modern Face Of A Tribe - Cape Town, South Africa

The Modern Face Of A Tribe – Cape Town, South Africa

The Weathered Face Of The Intha Woman - Inle Lake, Myanmar

The Weathered Face Of An Intha Woman – Inle Lake, Myanmar

One Happy Panda - Chengdu, China

One Happy Panda – Chengdu, China

As you can see, not all faces that stay in your mind are human, but each one has its own story. Some people travel for the sites, the sounds, and the smells, some for the for the culture, the cuisine and the chaos, and others for the friends, the families and the faces. If you can manage to travel and absorb a little bit of all of these elements, then you’re bound to have rich experiences along the way. Travel is such a powerful tool for expanding one’s mind and the perspective of our planet. If you take a little bit of it home, if you cherish the little moments that make it special, then it’s bound to move you. In these faces you can feel at home, while being a thousand miles away. These are the faces of travel, and the reason we continue to do it.

Author’s Bio:

Nick & Dariece

Nick & Dariece have left everything behind in search of cultural experiences, beautiful beaches and off the beaten path adventures. They call themselves Goats On The Road and their website for budget backpackers encourages others to pack their bags and leave the ordinary behind. Visit Goats On The Road and get excellent tips for the adventurous budget backpacker! You can also follow along on their adventures on Facebook & Twitter.


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