Before you go out and make yourself a citizen of the world, do your research. Make your tourism count, and do so with others in mind. Go to the places that speak to you, the places that relate to your lifestyle and life goals, but most importantly, be safe. Break the mold of your daily life, I promise you won’t regret it.
This is one of the best quotes I’ve read in regards to how we think about travel. The full article can be found here, on the Daily Evergreen site and focuses on partly the how’s of getting off on an adventure without breaking the bank. The other part (which really resonated with me) was how we can travel with our eyes wide open and understand how we can have a positive or negative effect on the places we visit – it is up to us.
Finally, he does touch upon the dangers of travel, and yet again frames it in an ever-so-eloquent and observant way: “Just like any location in the world, there are people looking out for themselves and sometimes looking to actively make your life a little bit harder.” I believe he’s gently telling us that we may run into folks when we travel who are having a rough go of it and to try and understand their situation when they attempt to take our wallets.
From my standpoint – this is where we do what we can to be vigilant and make that more difficult; however, if you see an opportunity to give back without contributing to an underlying negative situation (more on that in subsequent posts) – do it!
I traveled with a gentleman named James. James loved to party and he loved motorcycles. We were on the Philippine island Boracay and needed a ride, so James approached a group of guys on motorcycles and asked if they were up for giving us a ride across the island. Four of us and four motorcycles – no problem. So we hopped on and off we went.
When we arrived, I looked over and saw that James was not riding – he was driving. As a motorcycle fanatic, he noticed that the brakes were shot and asked if the owner was aware. The owner realized they were bad, but didn’t have the money to fix them. James offered him the $20 needed to fix the brakes – it was a small kindness in exchange for not just a lift, but a great experience that all four of us still talk about.