An ‘impression’ can take place in an instant, but because the human experience is different for us all, an impression is highly subjective. The word impression can also be defined in multiple ways:
- “An idea, feeling, or opinion about something or someone, especially one formed without conscious thought or on the basis of little evidence.
- “An effect produced on someone.”
When traveling, the first meaning of ‘impression’ can be dangerous. Why? Because we all come from varied backgrounds and to form an opinion without basis can lead to stereotyping, bigotry, intolerance and racism.
To really discover the essence of a place or it’s people, you have to interpret your impressions (using both senses of the word) and strive for understanding. And to do this, one must often explore and experience the culture, food, entertainment and geography! It is through this process that travel can have a profound and lasting effect on you.
Culture - Explore a new culture.
Gastronomy - Experience the tastes of a culture’s cuisine.
Entertainment - Learn about a culture through their entertainment.
Photography - A picture is worth a thousand words.
Humour - aka. The Lost In Translation category.