Thursday, April 16, 2009

What are the key benefits of traveling?

Travel has had a profound effect throughout my life.  After visiting  more than 60 countries around the world, perspective and acceptance are travel's greatest rewards.

Perspective:
It is absolutely true that travel broadens your horizons.  Traveling gives you the ability to look at things from a higher, more detached, perspective.  This higher perspective helps you see things more clearly to make better decisions.  Exposure to different ways of doing and seeing things helps you better understand how you do and see things. 

Acceptance:
Travel makes you realize that when it is all said and done, we are all really the same.  It does not matter if you grew up in a remote jungle or in a big city, there is a core set of values and behaviors that binds us all regardless of geographical location- things like family, helping others, etc.   

There are also things that people have developed independently in different geographies to better cope with specific needs and realities - things like culture, language, and religion. Travel makes you realize that none of these religions, cultures or languages are right or wrong - they just are.

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