Have you ever traveled? If you have traveled, you
know that special feeling. The Chung-Ang Hearld (CAH) interviewed Cho,
Jeong-yeon. Attention! Hear this story and you will be surprised. In addition,
you will know information about world travel, and Cho, Jeong-yeon.
you travel a lot? What does traveling mean to you?
Cho, Jeong-yeon: Recently,
I feel that traveling has a hollowness. I frequently feel blue about it. At
first, I hoped and dreamed of going to the Eiffel Tower or Mesopotamia remains.
But people’s lives are the same everywhere. My present travel is just business
to me, so very deplorable. Nevertheless, to me traveling is the same as life.
Life is traveling roads one-by-one, and it is the same to travel through life. I
think, there is no difference between travel and life.
CAH: You travel
alone although you are a woman. Do you think, this is a strong point or bad
Cho Jeong-yeon: It’s a strong point in that men are kind to me. The
places, where I travel, are not for tourists, and it is unusual for people to be
world travelers. So, I am a target of curiosity. For that reasot, people
approach me without a sense of rejection to me. Moreover, I can be closer to a
country’s natives because I can set them at ease quickly.. There are many bad
points, too. Single room fees are expensive, especially double room sizes. When
I take a train, going to the toilet with bags can be a challenge. An extremely
bad thing is that people like to watch great landscapes, eat delicious food and
want to share that with other people. But I have no one, so I feel lonely many
times. Also, in the long run, I have to be careful of my safty. For example, I
look on others, who are kind to me and uninvited, with a cynical eye. That is
the most troublesome.
CAH: Your major is mathematics education. By the way,
why did you change your life course so suddenly?
Cho Jeong-yeon: I did not
change it suddenly. When I was a freshman, I liked to go backpacking. So,every
vacation I went traveling. It is the reason, I do not have good grades. Frankly,
I never thought about becoming a travel columnist. Did you know ‘Kim, Chan-sam’?
He was the first generation of travelers from Korea. He compiled ‘The World
Travel of Kim, Chan-sam’. He traveled in the 1960s~70s. He had an episode in
Africa, where he was caught by the chief of the tribe, and forced to marry his
daughter. He lived there for about 3 years, barely escaping with his life. I
think that columnist is another gerneration’s story. My major is mathematics,
but I am not interest in it. Nevertheless, I think that an education is of major
importance. The other words, traveling is not an extra job to my life. If there
are people, who want to become a travel columnist, I would tell them the same
speech. Teachers, artists, and novelists should write books about traveling.
Because people can feel as the travel writer feels. It is very good! When I
graduated, my mother was sick. So, I nursed her. She is the reason I took a
part-time job in a travel agency. When I was a sophomore, I wrote a column. The
column has no comparison with my columns now. It was very fragmented and spilt.
The travel agency did not want that kind of general and unusual style. I think
that do professional columnist. So, I learn to take photos. My brother major is
photography, so I had no difficulty learning. Recently, blogging had become in
vogue. From a professional’s opinion, these sites have no lasting foundation.
For example, a foreigner visits Korea and every day there is a demonstration
during their stay. They do not feel good about Korea. So, I want to become a
guide of travel, and I struggle through learning a nation’s history, its
cultural back ground, and anthropological point of view. So, I make an effort in
my own way and continually think about can live or not through these
CAH: You travel every vacation. How do you afford the travel
Cho Jeong-yeon: At first, it cost me a lot to travel. When I was a
student, I was a model student. I am not boasting. So, I entered university,
without worrying about tuition fees. Nevertheless, there are people, who
requested extracurricular work from me. In that time, extracurricular work was
prohibited. So, the pay was good. In this way, the travel agency helped me by
giving me re-imbursements for half the plane cost or sponsorships. Also, I had a
part-time job. Now, I do not have sponsorship because the process is complex.
So, using my money I travel and research the contents of my books and colums.
Therefore, it is right to ‘knock then the door will be opened.’
travel, one needs to speak English very well. How about you?
I can speak English. There is no problem to communicate. However, there is an
international body language to the world common language. People, who have jobs
that meet the needs of travelers, can speak English very well. So, I have no
problems. But if you know the native language, when traveling you will receive a
different depth of experiences. Language gives a richness to traveling. However,
if you do not travel, there can nevertheless be no communication at all.
Do you have the most mode moment?
Cho Jeong-yeon: When I met the Dalai-lama,
I asked “Why do I live?” I think that was a foolish question. Then he answered,
“I don’t know. People have their own way. Others don’t know the way. I don’t
know your way, you don’t know my way. Just do as you think that is the way to
find the way, don’t you think?” That was right. So, I cried. The other people
say that I am very good and nice. But I don’t think so. That time, I am very
confused economically and mentally. I think, that traveling is a way to escape
Korea life. But now, I have confidence in myself and a sense of security. When I
met the Dalai-lama,his answer gave me great energy. “You have only your way,
other people have their way. If you not go the same with other people, you don’t
need to work hard and suffer in pain. If you are a failure by choice, you must
be responsible to only youself.” This talk was special to me, and I am thankful.
CAH: Recently, many people use travel packages. What do you think about
Cho Jeong-yeon: I think travel packages are the most cheap. In some
groups, a person can enjoy the group’s theme. However, I don’t like that.
Traveling has a moralistic objective and satisfaction for oneself, which is
CAH: What would you like to say to University students?
Jeong-yeon: Nowadays, University students are going to Europe, don’t go to the
museums too much. The culture of Europe is Christianity, so go there after you
have studied. And you should remember most of it is trivial, there is no vestige
to modern circumstances. You should meet people firsthand, and remember culture
is very important. To meet a native, is better. Third, know how much money you
use and when you use it or not use it. You must have experiences such as tasting
a nation’s special food or culture. Then your field of tastes will become more
wide. Don’t forget to do it! Moreover, when you want to know a nation’s culture,
go to the department store or market. Also, open your heart to your new
experiences. I think that there is jewelry in many people’s heart. Other people
just don’t know it. The reason for it is that we are struggling ourselves and
forget to see those around us as they are. There is a different of malice and
effort in this one step. The effort is in your
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