If You Don’t Want To Travel — We Won’t Be Friends

September 15, 2020

With every trip you take, you realize how much you don’t know.

But if you never want to travel — you don’t realize how little you know.

It’s a weird paradox.

I am a firm believer that when you travel you become a better global citizen.

So often I hear folks say “I don’t have an interest in traveling” and what they are really saying is:

I am fine not empathizing with people different than me.

It is easy to get caught up in a media-created perspective of “The Chinese” or “The Mexicans”. If you have no desire to go to a country that has been villainized by the media, then you are the one who needs to go. Not for yourself, but as part of your duty as a global citizen.

No matter how stubborn you are, your eyes will be opened even just a tad to how similar we all are.

Sure, not everyone will be changed entirely from one trip. But it is part of a long and grueling process of chipping away selfishness and stereotyping.

Please note: COVID-19 and financial limitations make the practicality of traveling difficult. This article is referring to the desire to travel