Tuesday, 19 July 2016
Twenty-six people are believed killed after a bus carrying tourists caught fire and burst into flames after an accident on a highway in Taiwan, China. The accident happened near Taoyuan City as the bus was heading to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. The passengers are believed to be from mainland China, according to Taiwan News, while the accident took place at around 1pm local time. The bus was traveling on the main highway which links the city with the airport. Television footage showed that a red-and-white bus was lying on its side, with the front right side stuck in the railings in the central reservation. Plumes of black smoke could be seen rising into the sky, while large flames were coming from the wreckage. A total of 26 people are believed to have died in the accident, while it has been reported that the group of tourists, who were from the Chinese province of Liaoning in the northeast, were heading to the airport to return home.
The tourist group consisted of 23 travelers and two guides, Taiwan News reports. A preliminary report by the local authorities says the fire started near the front of the bus. The driver, who also died in the accident, lost control of the vehicle and it slammed into the railings. Passengers were unable to escape because the doors were wedged against the barrier, which prevented the emergency doors from opening. Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is around 40km west of the capital, Taipei, and is the biggest passenger transportation hub on the island.
Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.
Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.
Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.