The Department of Tourism, India defines travel as “The movement of people between distant geographical locations. Travel can be done by foot, bicycle, automobile, train, boat, bus, airplane, ship or other means.” Is it accurate to say that travel only involves the movement of humans? If not, then who else wanders the world? So, what exactly defines travel? The definition of travel is distinct in nature. Yuval Noah Harari in his most famous book ‘Sapiens’ tells us that physics began approximately 13.5 billion years ago through the interaction of energy, matter, time, and space, and chemistry began approximately 300,000 years later when matter and energy began to combine to form the complex structures known as atoms.
As mentioned before, the concept of travel varies depending on the human, animal, science and nature. For example, a bird's idea of travel is migration, whereas a scientist may define it as displacement. For Neanderthals, it is Evolution, for sapiens it is civilization. It is colonization to the Romans, Germans, and British. In religion, tasting the forbidden fruit marks the beginning of the journey. If the forbidden fruit frees humans to make a journey from heaven to earth, why are some people unable to taste it?
Rather than asking why one should travel, let's understand the importance of travel by eliminating the element of travel from the life of Gandhi, Guvera, Vascodakama, Columbus and Mother Teresa too. If evolution, civilization, culture, technology, education, employment, and empowerment are fruits of travel, why are people with disabilities standing on the last line or sometimes being denied to attain these fruits of travel?
What are the reasons for the lack of accessibility to Indian transportation, theaters, roads, and public spaces? In spite of the fact that some of these places are accessible, why don't we see many disabled people in public spaces? Other than accessibility, what prevents them from travelling or exposing themselves in public? How accessible are the services provided by the government and the private sector? What are the travel solutions used by people with disabilities? What Travel means to Persons with disability? Let's have a discussion...