Turn your world on its head

Jeff Greenwald, a travel writer, artist and photographer, has a great piece in The New York Times today on how travel has the unique ability to completely flip pre-existing ideas about a place, and the importance of leaving positive impressions where we roam:

“[…] Aldous Huxley was right. To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.

When strangers in strange lands impress you with unexpected care and generosity, you start to wonder about your own impact as a traveler: how much your dollars benefit local businesses, what your visit does to the environment and how your behavior — your ability to listen, as well as to speak — affects the world’s impression of who you are.”

(read the rest on NYT)

Greenwald tells an emotional story about his unexpected experience in Iran, and raises a discussion about ethical travel – definitely worth a read.

In addition to pursuing sustainable travel options, reflecting on the fact that we are each our own ambassadors when traveling abroad is essential in creating a cosmopolitan society that is connected in a positive way.

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