11 December 2012
Lesson Learned from the Klotok - Travel Makes Us Humble
Have you ever felt that travel makes you humble?
As a part of #Travel2Indonesia trip, I spent the first two days in Borneo jungle (Kalimantan). We slept, ate, worked on the klotok – wooden boat, and the weather was scorching hot and humid. You can imagine how dirty and sweaty we all were.Because the orangutan camp can be visited only by a river-boat, we had to maintain our lives on the boat. I loved the experience. The simple life - it's not easy to get noweadays. I like the wilderness and the jungle, and enjoyed the fact we were forced to be separated with Wi-Fi and all other technologies. Only one thing: I wanted to take a shower.
I knew what to expect. We walked a few times a day to visit orangutans in the camp. In fact, the jungle trekking was pretty much a walk in the well-beaten path in the jungle. The rangers already made the sturdy road for the visitors and the workers. Even though, I couldn’t help but think about hot shower. The last stretch of the four-hour boat ride lead us to the city. We got off the boat, took another a half an hour bus ride and finally arrived at the hotel. I know the first thing everyone would do in their hotel room: jump into shower.
The hot shower couldn’t feel any better. I scrubbed, scrubbed, scrubbed the two day old dirt and sweat, and scrubbed some more. I knew I was wasting more water by staying in the shower longer but I couldn’t help. It felt just so nice. I stepped out, wrapped the towel around me and thought ‘It’s amazing how small thing can change EVERYTHING.’ We don’t normally thank to the air we breath in every other second. Same as the shower. By putting ourselves to the more extreme situation, now we know how having a place with a shower and toilet is nice.
Travel makes us humble. Travel makes us realize how precious the things we take for granted. Not just seeing people with less-fortune, by experiencing the challenging situations, we learn. People are smart creatures, but sometimes we just have to experience to actually connect the dot. Getting out of the comfort zone will make you grow. That’s why traveling is such a precious experience.