This is a point that is often overlooked. Traveling isn’t just about you. It is about the future you. Traveling changes who you are as a person and changes the way you see the world. The world would be a better place if everyone was traveling and meeting people from different backgrounds. I am amazed when traveling at how positive everyone is.
There may be exceptions to the rule. Traveling gives you a much more positive view of the world, a better understanding, and more empathetic perspective. The people around you also experience this positivity and reap the benefits. This is why it is so important to recognize that traveling will have an impact beyond ourselves. In this way, traveling has a way of making the world a better place.
Learn To Accept People
Different than Yourself Mark Twain commented that, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrowmindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” Twain is pointing out an important consequence of traveling. When we travel we expose ourselves to different people and cultures.
A great deal of prejudice is grounded in isolation from other people. Often, getting to know other people breaks down the barriers between “us” and “them.” We learn that people in other places in the world are unique and perhaps more like us than we thought.
Giving Us Direction in Life
Traveling exposes us to the myriad of other options available and paths we haven’t taken. It wakes us out of the stupor of seeing possibilities that others around us explore. When we visit new places, we realize that there are many options in life we may not have considered. Travel creates a perfect environment to consider new life goals.