In the age of travel alerts, political uprisings and airport security lines, it is no wonder why so few people travel outside of their home regions. A recent article posted on CNN.com gave a grim view of Americans who prefer to not travel internationally for a myriad of reasons ranging from our general lack of interest and intense work culture to expensive airfares and logistics.
While some of these reasons may be legitimate, it does not mean that the sentiment should continue. Now more than ever, Americans must brush aside their suspicions of international travel and, instead, begin a sincere exploration and discovery of nations and cultures. This is because global issues of the economy, politics and environment will require more of us to do business with and learn the languages of other nations.
Traveling to faraway lands increases cultural sensitivity whereas fear and misunderstanding leads to upheaval.
Hence, my Top 5 reasons why it is imperative to travel internationally in this day and age are that:
- Travel enables us to make human (rather than social media) connections with one another and these connections are what will make the global economy mutually beneficial to all
- Travel empowers us to discuss and question our social customs and values
- Travel provides a different perspective on how regional subsistence issues affects international politics
- Travel allows for us to become more sensitive to other cultures whether it’s simply reading the local English language newspaper, tasting local delicacies or making a new friend who has a completely different viewpoint of the world
- Travel reveals to us a different outlook on the issues of poverty, race, and religion that is necessary in an age where political discourse within the media is so segmented
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