The value of traveling as a part of education is great. Books give the students the theoretical knowledge. It is a second-hand knowledge based on the experiences of others. Travelling gives students first hand and practical knowledge. Such knowledge is more valuable and permanent. Personal and practical experiences are never forgotten. They stand us in good stead throughout life.
The value of tours, excursions, expeditions during school and college days is of much practical importance. They strengthen learning and make education easy and entertaining. The lessons in history, geography, economics, science etc. can be best learned by traveling to historical sites places of natural interest, factories, great laboratories, and national institutions. Lessons in ecology, environment and forest preservation become easier by visiting slums, industrially degraded places and forests. That is why such a great importance is attached to educational tours, expeditions and excursions. The problems of poverty, over-population, and slums become clearer by visiting the living conditions of the villagers and slum-dwellers. Lessons in history become a mere book-learning without a visit to museums and historical places.
Education is an ever ongoing process. It does not stop with leaving a school or a college. Life itself is the biggest school and experience the biggest teacher. Travel takes us to various places and people. It provides us with many new and rich experiences. We come into contact with new people, things and places. The practical knowledge obtained through travelling is matchless. Travelling is essential to understand people, places and things. Travel widens our horizon of knowledge. It broadens the mind and enlarges the heart. It is ever enjoyable and entertaining.
Modern means of traveling are very fast, easy, economical and convenient. Their speed, safety and reliability is beyond doubt. Students can easily go on tours and expeditions and obtain rich, practical and much valuable education. The more travel there is the richer and wider your training and education. Travel in the young age is a part of education. Travel teaches the students about the oneness in the variety and diversity of life.
Travel promotes feelings of tolerance and brotherhood. It grows and promotes feelings of nationalism. Travel is a good means to know one’s country, people, culture and history. It increases business and commercial activities. It brings people closer. Promotion of cultural, social and national activities are part of liberal education. It is through traveling that warm, true and genuine friendship and brotherhood can be formed. Travel changes our attitudes favorably. It makes us enlightened intellectually.
A student who never goes out of his city or town has narrow vision. His outlook is limited and bookish. He fails to appreciate and understand the ideas and ideals of others. He can never realise the real greatness, strength and glorious culture of the country. By traveling he can easily learn about the integrity and unity of Pakistan. It is rightly said that home-keeping youth has ever homely wits. Learning is not complete without travelling.