We have been travelling since we could walk, that’s how we humans got here and there and everywhere we are. Since our earliest ancestors took their first tentative steps north, south, east and west from our African Rift Valley home we humans have been driven by a need to explore and head for the horizon in a restless urge to know what lies beyond it.
We are no different today. No matter how sophisticated we have become in transferring the knowledge gained from previous generations to the current one through education and the written word, the one thing we can’t learn are the emotions gained from experiences. No matter how good a storyteller you are no one can truly experience what you experienced as you stood peering into the swirling maelstrom of Iguassu Falls, stood enchanted for minutes in front of the Mona Lisa, or stood head back spellbound as the Northern Lights danced overhead.
These experiences and the feelings they create inside you are yours and yours only, to keep for the rest of your life. Maybe this is why most people hate looking at other people’s holiday photos. They just do not trigger the same emotional responses as the experience itself in "real-time”.
So even though YouTube, Google Earth and Street View can make us more familiar with distant places than has ever been possible before, the desire to experience the human emotions that go with the images is even greater. For this reason we are no different than our ancient ancestors on the African plains, looking out at the distant horizon with wonder and trepidation…………and taking that first brave step toward it.