No really! It’s true. The unknown, the unaccompanied negotiation of transportation, accommodation and food all put together with decisions you can’t take back. Well, travel can be dangerous in so many ways, but probably not in the way that you think. No, I’m not talking about physically or violently.
Travel is VERY dangerous to the following:
The social “norm”:
Travel will release you from the 9-5, cubical farm, taking orders routine that many people burnout on. Some might give you a funny look for going to the Ukraine by yourself or for wanting to hike around the middle of Patagonia. “You mean you’re….not, trying to climb the corporate latter? Get married, buy a house & have kids?” (Nothing wrong with any of that if you do) You’ll just get people who won’t understand it so be prepared to ebb when the rest flow and be perfectly happy doing it. Travel will blast you out of this convention.
Preconceived notions on race, culture and stereotypes:
Cultural stereotypes are as alive today as in the past. While progress, in my opinion, has been made we still read about the majority being judged by the actions of the few. What you don’t hear is about the Afgan gentlemen inviting someone in to his house for tea or the Chinese couple who helped the tourist communicate with a hostel owner. Even less harmless ones, like not all Irish like to drink are not kind to the people it is based on. Even when presented in a joking manner. Don’t believe stereotypes.
Definition: opinion not based on reason or experience. Travel will blow this out of the water. Anything you know about a people or a culture has a deeper meaning once you speak to them about it. Not only because you get a better understanding but you’ll hear about the relationships and connections it has fostered. Don’t judge, learn.
The challenges you’ll likely face will be completely new to you. And there is no one there to help you so guess what? It’s time to learn how to swim. Some situations will become tough love, others lessons learned. You will come out the other side amazed with what you can accomplish. Negotiated the rail system in India, check! Get yourself to the Arctic Circle, check!
Realize the advantages The majority of people, regardless of race, religion, social status or values all usually want the same thing, to be happy and healthy with friends and family.