Thinking about where the journeys of fellow travellers are taking them
Airports are truly fascinating places. As well as the excitement they bring us as a gateway to adventure (or gateway to reality on the return journey) I find them to be the ultimate people watching spots. Sitting amongst the rows of black benches one sees travellers of all sorts pass by; from business executives to bohemian backpackers, and everything in between.
I love thinking about where this particular journey of theirs will end – perhaps it will be in the boardroom at the top of a high tech office building in Dubai, or perhaps at the top of Mount Fuji as the sun rises over Tokyo. This speculation passes much of the time I spend waiting in travel terminals.
For me, there is as much or even more scope for speculation like this in bus and train stations. While the morning commuter crowd – of which I am a proud member – may at first glance appear to contain little in the way of variety, a closer look can give rise to many stories. Who have I been sharing a train carriage with today? An architect about to submit an idea for a beautiful new building? A film director en route to a meeting with the producers who will help to make their creative vision a reality? Maybe a CEO on their way to a morning meeting to make huge decisions that will effect hundreds of people working with them?
Around the world billions of us travel each and every day, some doing a short hop to work and others flying thousands of miles on a great adventure. While the journey is often the greatest part of a story I like to think too of each one’s destination; with so many different people going to so many different destinations the potential for characters and stories is mind boggling in its brilliance.