Inspiring Cultural Understanding
Cultural understanding is only really given when you immerse yourself in that culture. Then, you’ll be able to do away with any stereotypes or outdated impressions you may have had. There’s nothing wrong with having a general image of a place of course, we need that to refer to such areas, cultures and national systems, but going there and seeing how right or wrong you may have been can help us texture our thinking for the better.
For instance, it might be that you think of Japan, our prior example, to be a very upright, professional, tight-lipped place. Head there, and while you do notice the incredible attention to detail and a real reverence for craft, they know how to have fun with the best of them. This can spur you to encounter more of the nightlife, to dig a little deeper, and to challenge your own impressions.
Appreciating Your Home More Thoroughly
It might sound silly, but when you travel abroad, you come back and look at your own home in a different light. There are many reasons why this is the case. From having to notice everything around you to make your way in a foreign land to seeing just how unique your own home might be in contrast to another place, it’s an important lesson to realize that where you are now is by no means ‘the default’ place to live.
That in itself can give us a healthy outlook on the world around us, and inspire our willingness to learn more. We can also learn to make the most of the humble travel trip, meaning that all of a sudden heading to environments nearby and traveling short differences to get there is hardly seen as a concession, but a means of satiating this curiosity, too.
Keeping A Global Mindset
It’s also healthy to keep a global mindset when we can. It’s very easy to see the world through your own lens forever if you never challenge that impression, and that can be a mistake. While it’s true that you don’t have to think deeply about every culture all the time, having first-hand experience amongst them gives you further reference points to make in conversations, or when you think about planning your own life.
A global mindset can be beneficial, no matter if that’s helping you feel inspired by your art, insightful in your business decisions, or impressing someone on a date. Moreover, travel will enrich your spirit in the best possible way.
With this advice, we believe you’ll see how travel can positively influence your usual daily life.