Why we should travel?
Traveling is the best way to discover a new culture, to meet new people and to escape from the daily routine. Travel is a way of learning because the things that you see and experience during your travels will always be with you.
Experience different ways of living and routines and to realise that in all the parts of the world people are the same, just divided culturally. They also want to be happy, be with their families and live in a safe world. One of the perks of traveling is that you discover a lot, more than in your daily life, is your opportunity to learn with people that have different background and different experiences in life. Traveling is also a good way to relax, to leave work for some days and not to think about it.
“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain
How traveling would get you out of an echo chamber?
A lot of people do not give enough credit to the perks of travel! There are so many advantages; some are direct and others are indirect. A good way to combat stereotypes is to travel, as you can see for yourself whether it is true or not. We have stereotypes for all cultures or countries, but are they all true?
No… much of the stereotypes do not represent people that are often associated with a certain negative term without being true. Often, we have opportunities to travel either in a personal or professional capacity. The fact that we are willing to risk and leave our comfort zone, even for a few days, shows that we are open to the world and not closed in our corner.
When you talk about the Middle East for example, in Europe there is a lot of the idea that people are not good, it is a very dangerous place and a war zone. I am currently living in Jordan for two months and I have been able to refute all these stereotypes that I have been listening through my life.
Also, a very interesting example is people who visit North Korea and who always say that the people who live in the country are people like us, with dreams, with expectations for a better future, but unfortunately, they are limited by other factors and they do not have autonomy.
Our planet is extraordinarily rich and allows us to have 195 different countries and within them with significant differences between regions and to know these places only brings us advantages. We are all from the same place even with different ideas, that is why at the end we are all the same, with the same dreams and hopes.
Traveling help us to break myths, stereotypes, and discrimination against a different community.
Being inside an Echo Chamber also means that we have a firm opinion of a culture or community and are not willing to change our opinion. That is why it is important to travel and recognize that when traveling we managed to leave the Echo Chamber if our opinion was just a stereotype.
“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” – Jack Kerouac