Nevertheless, I’m effectively conscious that travelling is a luxurious many individuals can not afford, particularly abroad. We will barely afford to commute between two cities for a month.
Nonetheless, I’ve additionally realised that not all travelling experiences ought to come at a price of cash, some come by means of seizing alternatives that life presents to us in numerous varieties, like fully-funded scholarships or correspondent programmes.
However we should begin someplace.
In 2015, I used to be a junior worker who couldn’t even afford to go dwelling each month, or spoil himself with a KFC Streetwise-Two meal simply 5 days after pay day. However I made a promise to myself that irrespective of how little cash I can save, I’m undoubtedly getting a passport, and it was fairly pricey on the time, not less than for me.
I knew I couldn’t afford a visit over any South African border or exit, however I had a curious thoughts that’s all the time on the lookout for alternatives.
Quick-forward to 2018. As we speak I’m in Helsinki, Finland. This village boy has simply undertaken his very first abroad journey. I could not financially afford a chance to journey the world, however the universe finds a solution to create alternatives that can see one reside one’s desires.
So, when the Finland Correspondent Program (FCP) was introduced to me, I wasted no time to use. Think about, I shall be spending virtually the entire month in Finland.
I’ve travelled to plenty of nations by means of studying books that mirrored their authors’ nations of delivery, particularly African authors. I’m a voracious reader. Of latest, I learn NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Want New Names. By way of her fashion of writing, I instantly grew enthusiastic about visiting Zimbabwe quickly.
I additionally learn plenty of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s work, the late and superb Chinua Achebe, by means of whose pens and eyes I’ve an thought of what Nigeria appears like.
I’ve saturated myself in Bessie Head’s work, books reminiscent of When Rain Clouds Collect and Maru, which gave me an image of what Botswana regarded like.
Thankfully, in 2016, I had a chance to go to Jwaneng, roughly 120km west of the capital metropolis, Gaborone. This, too, was an all-costs-covered journey for a weekend. That was the primary time I exited the borders of South Africa.
I encourage folks to learn. Literature is enriching. The studying juxtaposed with seizing alternatives will take anybody locations, at occasions actually.
As we speak, I’m in a special nation, with a special time zone, and I get to see the solar from 3am to 9:30pm in the summertime of Finland. The sensation is priceless.
There are photos already on social media that function proof that I’m actually in Helsinki, however there’s a metamorphosis going down inside me that validates that travelling is important for one’s development and improvement.
It is a nice alternative for me to be taught a brand new language and to expertise a special way of life.
I do know all of us can not afford to discover the world past our South African shores, however to those who are younger and eligible for many international correspondent programmes and fully-paid scholarships throughout the globe, get a passport and begin making use of. It would value you nothing, however a number of motivational letters and your time.
Younger folks, let’s journey and discover the world, as a result of it’s not in regards to the cash.
* Kabelo Chabalala is the founding father of the Younger Males Motion (YMM), the 2018 Obama Basis Africa Chief, and the 2018 Finland Correspondent Program (FCP) participant. E mail,[email protected]; Twitter, @KabeloJay; Fb, Kabelo Chabalala