I just came across the following from Aldous Huxley: To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
We couldn’t agree more. In the USA, especially, it seems like we’re constantly “feared” into not going any where outside of our own country. Whenever we talk about one of our more far-reaching adventures, people usually drop the “isn’t that dangerous” line.
The truth is, of course, that many cities here in the USA are just as dangerous - maybe even more so - than many places around the world. You have to exercise caution here just as you would in any other place. That doesn’t mean you don’t have to be aware. You have to pay attention to health risks, local customs, etc., but that doesn’t mean you should resist travel.
One often goes into travel thinking about what separates us as world citizens. When we first started out, we were obsessed with learning about cultural differences etc. At the end of the day, though. you walk away from travel mesmerized by those things that connect us as a global community.
This is what fuels our fervent belief that we’re more alike than we are different. We have to watch out for each other.
Go see for yourself just how wrong everyone is about other countries!