DailyHum Logo
Does Travel Really Change People?
Nov 29, 2021 | Nomadic Matt Blog
Picture - Does Travel Really Change People?

If you’re like me, you believe that travel can change people. Exposure to the world and those who live in it is often a positive force for change.

But, lately, I’ve been thinking about how we oversell just how much travel can change people’s minds. (I was opining about this on Twitter and decided to make a longer post about it.)

We often believe travel is some sort of panacea for one’s thoughts about the world and the people in it. Go abroad, get exposed to different cultures, and then, bam, suddenly you’ll have more empathy for people around the globe and stop seeing them as some “foreign, scary other.”

Books upon books about travel (mine included) expound on the belief “I went traveling and became a better person with a deeper appreciation and tolerance for others.”

Sponsored
6 hours ago | A Luxury Travel Blog
The first voco hotel in Germany opens in Dusseldorf
8 hours ago | Atlas Obscura
Vrouwekerk in Leiden, Netherlands
9 hours ago | Atlas Obscura
Tashkent Park in Seattle, Washington
10 hours ago | Atlas Obscura
Tadami Train Line in Uonuma, Japan
11 hours ago | Atlas Obscura
Needless Alley in Birmingham, England
11 hours ago | Nomadic Matt Blog
TNN: Advanced Travel Hacking – Reward Stacking
11 hours ago | Nomadic Matt Blog
TNN: Seniors Traveling Independently
12 hours ago | Atlas Obscura
'Woman and Child' in Edinburgh, Scotland
13 hours ago | Atlas Obscura
Fisher Towers in Castle Valley, Utah
14 hours ago | Atlas Obscura
Duffelcoat Statue in Duffel, Belgium
17 hours ago | A Luxury Travel Blog
Morocco to end two-month flight ban
Jan 27, 2022 | A Luxury Travel Blog
Reasons to visit Britain in 2022
Vrouwekerk in Leiden, Netherlands
8 hours ago | Atlas Obscura
Travel