Responsible traveling has long been a contentious issue and center of heated debates. With travel becoming increasingly accessible, it’s not surprising for us to wonder about how our travels abroad affect the people whose home we are visiting. I think I realized long ago the power of travel in broadening our perspectives; traveling helped me learn at a young age that there are many ways to be right – it just depends on how you look at it. As an adult, where some of my trips involved volunteer work abroad, I wrestled with a sense of unease when I travel. Even when I can see the immediate good work we were doing, in the back of my mind, it always felt traveling benefited me the most – my own personal growth – and that imbalance can be uncomfortable.
In light of recent events, I’d like to share this TED talk from the past year. It gives us a little more insight – and more fodder for debate – as to how we as travelers can help slowly break down the walls that divide us:
Do you think travel can lead to meaningful change on how we view the world?