Travel Changes One’s Worldview

Photo Credit: Nick Kenrick  via Creative Commons

Photo Credit: Nick Kenrick via Creative Commons

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”
—Mark Twain

The day I stepped outside of my shore (comfort zone) was the day I started seeing things differently. I’ve been to many places, lived, mixed and played with people of different colors, characters, and attitudes. And I’ve learned that people are people, everywhere. I’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. So, I find it difficult to quickly judge or condemn people.

Travel has changed my worldview about people in spite of their race, religion or status. I’ve met awesome people and also the opposite. I’ve been loved by people who are not from my race, I’ve been shown generosity by people whose religion is different from mine, and I’ve been embraced by people of higher status.

All this makes my heart melt. That there are beautiful people everywhere. And when these people tell me their stories, I feel connected that I’m home away from home. Yes, we might have different culture, upbringing, and family background, but the bottom line is—we’re all human beings. We all possess virtues and vices inside us.

Travel has eliminated these words from my dictionary, from my life—prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. So, I urge you to travel, get out of your comfort zone, go see other places, and live with other people in order to get rid of these words. Travel to a nearby city or country, go learn a new language, and mix with others. Go live a life free of prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. Go!
-MOAB © 2015

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