This somebody I work with asked me where my next adventure will be.
“Israel” I replied.
“You don’t want to be going there.”
“Why not?” I questioned.
“It’s dangerous and full of terrorists. If they stamp your passport you won’t be able to get into any other countries”.
This colleague is probably not alone in his views. 24-hour news and sensational media have made the world appear to be a more dangerous place than ever. Rarely does a week pass without a new bombing, mass shooting or lone terrorist incident occurring.
I tried to explain to my colleague that Israel usually stamps an insert slip (a piece of paper) instead of your passport. I also told him that it’s pretty safe.
“If anything, it’s safer than many parts of the UK”. I claimed, attempting to convince him that Fox News and the Daily Mail are on the whole melodramatic and mostly just wrong. He was not convinced.
Mark Twain wrote: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
This quote is as relevant now as it was in 1869.
The world is not the dangerous place that the media make it out to be. In fact, it has never been a safer, more prosperous time to be alive. Travel can broaden the mind and expose you to different ways of life. You can come home and question the way you do things. Evaluate what is important to you in your life.
Does travel broaden the mind?
It certainly can but it’s not a hard and fast guarantee. Many travellers will only ever stick to their comfort zone of packaged holidays in often trashy replicas of British towns. On the other end of the spectrum, some travellers will seek out realistic cultural experiences with the aim of “finding themselves” and end up coming home disappointed to find that the cultural pursuits they paid for were put on for the benefit of the tourist.
There is no right or wrong way when it comes to travelling. The mindset you depart with is more important than the activities you do and the attractions you visit. But whatever you do, don’t leave it too late.You will never be as young as you are now ever again.Click To Tweet
Make the most of tomorrow, the next week and coming months. The world isn’t such a dangerous place. The only way to find out is to go and see it for yourself.