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Does Travel Really Change People"

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Does Travel Really Change People"






Posted: 11/29/21 | November 29th, 2021
If you?re like me, you believe that travel can change people. Exposure to the world and those who live in it is often a positive force for change.
But, lately, I?ve been thinking about how we oversell just how much travel can change people?s minds. (I was opining about this on Twitter and decided to make a longer post about it.)
We often believe travel is some sort of panacea for one?s thoughts about the world and the people in it. Go abroad, get exposed to different cultures, and then, bam, suddenly you?ll have more empathy for people around the globe and stop seeing them as some ?foreign, scary other.?
Books upon books about travel (mine included) expound on the belief ?I went traveling and became a better person with a deeper appreciation and tolerance for others.? Travel writing cheerleads this mantra.
And it is often true. But only for some kinds of travel.
I believe any kind of slow, long-term, or service-based travel can change people. These kinds of trips take you out of your comfort zone for extended periods ? you can?t just escape back to the resort when you want to. After all, we only grow when we push our boundaries, try new things, and unhook ourselves from the comfortable and familiar.

This kind of travel helps us grow because it constantly tests us as we interact with new cultures and unfamiliar situations. It gives us plenty of learning moments and exposes us to people we might not have met otherwise.
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