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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Goodbye, Earth: 'We're going to live on Mars in 2027'

Posted by Anup Baral | October 20, 2016 :
The race is on to land a human on Mars. Elon Musk recently announced plans for his company SpaceX to send people to the Red Planet, swiftly followed by Boeing throwing down the gauntlet by boldly stating that it will get to Mars first. But they're not the only ones in contention. Dutch organization Mars One is confident it can get there too. "We're going to live on Mars in 2027," said Mars One CEO Bas Lansdorp, in an interview for CNN Inspirations: Out of This World. His ambitious plans are to set up a long-term Mars colony. "It's going to be a mission of permanent settlement," said Lansdorp. "The people that we send there are going on a mission forever, for the rest of their lives. That is really what makes Mars One possible." The crew will be selected from members of the public. It's strictly a one-way trip, but that hasn't stopped tens of thousands of people applying for a place on board.

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.