Richard Barry Nel: The Value of Travel

Richard Barry Nel has always been known to be on the move. From a young age, travel was instilled in him by his parents as they took every opportunity they could to experience a foreign culture. Through his parents, he was able to learn and understand the importance of travel, how it can help you truly understand a people you couldn’t possibly comprehend just from reading a text book. It was this idea that motivated him to become a journalist and travel writer. He now attempts to instill the value and experience of travel into every one of his articles so that people may better understand a culture. Currently, Richard Nel’s permanent residence is located in Johannesburg, South Africa where he moved when he was 25. Before moving to Johannesburg, South Africa, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and international communication from the prestigious institution, the University of Pretoria. Following his Bachelor of Arts degree, he received his Master’s degree also in journalism and international communication from the same institution. With his newly found knowledge and skill set, he moved to Johannesburg in search of an exciting career. He was hired as a travel writer for a travel based publication within the city.

Richard Barry Nel truly understands and appreciates the value of travel. When one travels, they are lost in a culture they know nothing about. It is almost a new beginning where one must learn new languages, social queues, and customs. The easiest and only true way to understand a people or culture is to let yourself be submersed in it. Richard Barry Nel understands that the value of travel is something he can only attempt to convey through a story; to truly appreciate the experience, you have to travel on your own. Though he admits that this experience cannot be fully conveyed, he has been able to create a following of fans that continue to read his published works.


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