Get out there and see the world! Seriously, there is so much to see – and more importantly, to learn.
Some of the biggest issues we find in the world stem from a lack of cultural understanding. Often times, when another culture or way of life is so different from our own, it can be hard to accept those differences. Culturally, what is “right” and what is “wrong” isn’t always clear, and as humans I think we naturally have a desire to decide between the two.
So yeah, practicing a certain religion or eating bugs might be kind of weird, but in some places and to some people, that’s totally normal – a delicacy even (at least, for the eating bugs part).
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from traveling, it’s not to take these kinds of opportunities for granted. Soak it all up. Whether it’s a family vacation or a service trip, a semester abroad or a drive to an unfamiliar place, take a moment to think about what you’re doing, what you’re seeing.
Obviously there are some limitations to traveling. Flying across the globe doesn’t exactly come cheap, and being totally out of your comfort zone can be a real challenge. But no matter how far you go – even just within the U.S.! – seeing life in a different place is key to developing a greater perspective of life on Earth, as well as a sense of empathy for all people. Any little step towards gaining a better understanding of the world we live in and the people who live on it can help make it a better place.