Leave the Culture Behind
Leave the Culture Behind Reviews
Don't Just Escape the Area, Escape it's Culture too Aug 01, 2010
As I have traveled, and grown older, I have become even more sponteneous with my travels. You see, I travel to learn, not to take a vacation. I have been traveling regularly since I was 16. That is more than 70 plus countries and hundreds if not thousands of cultures. After my undergraduate studies back in 1996, I made a decision to travel the world and do it in a way that takes me away from my home town, away from my culture and into the foreign territories with their cultures. To understand cultures that edure.
Living in the United States, I see how we have created a culture that takes away from the world's traditional cultures. When we travel, we seek the very comforts we leave at home. We do not leave our culture behind in order to explore what is unspoiled in other cultures. We complain if the rooms are small, we freak out when food that is meant to be half cooked is indeed half cooked. We expect everyone to understand what we are saying or mean to say. We expect people to have 'manners' but we are not willing to understand why their manners are different from ours. I have seen this happen in many countries.
When we travel with ease and open our minds to learning what endures, we become travelers who celebrate a culture of life. If you have ever traveled to India, you will agree with me that they have some of the most enduring cultures of the world. Did you know that the Jains Indians simply leave their homes to wonder the world when they grow old? They become Mendicants. I'm originally from Africa, our cultures are timeless. If you have been to Africa you will agree it is 'different', and I do not mean the negative part of it.
I have had friends ask me where I'm going next or where I would like to go. I have written a "Bucket List". But lately I have been getting the feeling that when I make the plans, they fall apart because the travel demons over hear me and step all over my plans (smile!).
I still dream of far away places, just like I did when I was 6 years old. So I get up and go with the mind to be surprised, to learn something new, to meet those people who I avoid in my daily life . . .
The true traveler goes to new destinations to experience culture, they leave their territory and leave the culture to open room for something different, unfamiliar and non judgemental. Set off in a good frame of mind and have fun while at it. Be the traveler, not the vacationist. Try not to judge everything that is negative as negative. There is a postive or an opportunity to be found in everything negative. Find it, share it and let's all learn from it.
Let me know if you are a Traveler, or a Vacationist and why you think so.
Part of the 2010 Travels & Adventures! travel blog
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