Sunday, January 16, 2011

Traveling and Tolerance

Traveling is a happy experience. You get to see places and landscapes you wouldn't normally see in your day-to-day life. You get to experience new things, both relaxing and challenging. You get to meet new people, whether they be locals or fellow travelers.

Traveling expands your world view. You are exposed to a million things different from what you are exposed to in your confined living spaces. You realize that there are people different from you, with capabilities and beliefs different from yours.

In this experience clearly setup for tolerance and understanding, I found it difficult to believe that there are people who would choose to be irritated by this diversity rather than appreciate it.

If you travel in a group, it is basic human decency to tolerate the people inside the group. If you want your own itinerary, if you want to do away with other people "holding you back," then by all means, plan your own travels and travel alone.

I admire the physically unfit for deciding to go through a two-hour trek in a rocky and unpaved valley. I admire the acrophobe for deciding to bind their feet and bungee jump off a cliff. I admire the person who decides to travel far from his or her comfort zone and actually enjoy the experience.

Appreciate the diversity. Tolerate everyone. Be open to new things, new ideas, and new people. You might just find traveling a more rewarding experience.

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