It’s important to travel – to see the world, to explore exotic places, and to immerse yourself in different cultures. There are so many out there, so many unique and fascinating cultures to be studied and experienced in myriad ways. Take a moment and think about how diverse the world really is. How many people of different backgrounds and cultures exist within the good ‘ol U.S.A? (We are considered a melting pot after all.) Now think about how many people there are on the planet, how many different countries, how many different neighborhoods, and ultimately how many different ways each group of people views the world through a cultural lens. All of this is quite overwhelming, but aren’t you at least a little bit curious about what else is out there?
It’s important to experience other cultures. Albeit this requires a great sense of self-motivation, curiosity, and a desire to “get out there” and pop that small bubble of comfort you’re safely living in, it has to be done. You are an innately social and curious creature, so why not be social and curious on a worldly level and physically place yourself within culturally significant locations such as the ancient ruins of Rome and Greece, the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, the rectangular stones of Stonehenge, or even in the middle of an unexplored jungle in Honduras? Why not just pop that bubble and get in a car, hop on a plane, or jump on a boat and go somewhere, go anywhere? Go somewhere and totally immerse yourself in a culture and see how that feels.
Being in what seems to be an entirely new universe with weird sounds, languages, tastes, sights and feelings is uncomfortable. You feel like a fish trying to climb a tree; you’re not sure what you’re doing or how you even got into such a situation. But, once you begin to understand the new sounds, languages, tastes, sights and feelings they don’t seem all that strange anymore; if anything, they seem pretty awesome and exciting. You’re still not going to be able to climb that tree, but at least you know what you’ve gotten yourself into. What was once thought to be weird and uncomfortable is still weird and uncomfortable but you’re cool with it – you understand the culture and can relate to it. That’s pretty awesome.
So that’s it. That’s all you have to do. Pop that bubble. Pop that bubble and go somewhere. It doesn’t matter where because any place is culturally different than the place where you are currently. Now I’m not talking about going from the East Side of Manhattan to the West Side. I’m talking more about going to different countries, places that you would never imagine yourself going to like Utila, a small island off the coast of Honduras that I’m calling home for the next month and a half this summer.
I can write millions upon millions of posts about why traveling and experiencing different cultures is beneficial, but listen to your gut and embrace the curiosity that you have about the world, it’s cultures, and it’s peoples. You know you want to see more of it! So take out a map (search one on Google) and book a flight to the first place that strikes your attention. Safe travels!