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Kindness on the Camino: My three lessons from the world's greatest walk

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There are three dimensions to the Camino, says Bronagh Carroll, and a little magic in each...

Bronagh Hill of Magic Hill Holidays Bronagh Carroll June 2 2018 1:00 AM How can walking up to 30km a day on a muddy trail with a heavy rucksack on your back be magic? Let me tell you. You've probably heard about Spain's Camino de Santiago de Compostela from friends and strangers alike. You may even have been tempted to try it once or twice, but pushed the notion to the back of your mind, thinking: 'The Camino is not for me' or, 'I'm not that kind of person'. Well, the Camino 

Why do we travel? – Pushing our comfort zone

Freedom? Beauty? Looking for the unexpected? To challenge ourselves and our values? To escape our day to day life even for one week? There is not one answer that fits all. People travel for different reasons. Some people want to leave the town where “they are from” and where everyone knows them because in some way, being in a new place where nobody else knows you, makes you freer. It feels good because there is no emotional attachment in that holiday place. No bad things happened there (at least not to yourself).

My favorite reason to go to a new place is the thirst for adventure and to push my comfort zone.This makes things exciting. It makes you more independent and better at solving other types of problems in your home environment or at work.

The most common example is when you venture to a country where they speak a different language. In touristic cities or central areas of large cities, you will normally get by with English. But when you come out of those touristic areas and go of…

Educational Travel - The pursuit of knowledge

Educational holidays are becoming increasingly more popular among people from developed countries. The traditional beach and do nothing holiday will not face extinction any time soon but the new wave of educational holidays is asking for room in the tourism industry. This is a consequence of the digital revolution. “Far away” places are just a click away from you (and cheaper air transport has contributed to this) and this gives you the opportunity to learn about the history of other lands and see how they live without having to rely on TV documentaries.

Also, as the smart TVs, smartphones and other devices allow us to choose what we want to learn about; this has created a thirst for exploring unchartered territories. Also, if something defines millennials the most, is seeking instant gratification. “I know what I want, and I want it right now”, ranging from a hot meal delivered almost instantly to your house, a cab on the go or language lessons on your phone.

There are more people now …