Humans Like to TravelIf there is one-thing humans like to do, it's travel. From the first movements out of Africa to the modern wonder of space exploration, it seems we just cannot stay still. It is this desire to explore that motivates many areas of our lives; Be it vacation, employment, or a search for personal fulfillment, humans simply aren’t known to stay still for long. Samuel Clements, better known by the pseudonym Mark Twain, once opined that travel was a death sentence for prejudice.
No matter how one feels about a certain group of people, or just other people in general, being immersed in their daily lives will surely give you an expanded perspective and new appreciation for their ways and customs. Though there are many diverse cultures in the world, it is important for us to remember that we are all really very similar. As the old saying goes, we all put on our pants one leg at a time. Well, most of us do; I personally prefer to starch and press my slacks and then stand them up and jump into them, but I think I may be alone in that particular arena! With the Internet age firmly in full swing, it is, oddly enough, more important now than ever to travel for the sake of the physical experience.
Too often we feel that we understand other cultures because we have, online, met and interacted with people from those cultures. While this may be true to an extent, it is important to remember that the anonymity of the Internet often leads people to be more aggressive or dismissive than they would be in real life. A person in the flesh is far less likely to be unpleasant than the modern web experience would have us believe. Of course, the only way to know that for sure is to experience it for oneself via travel. "But travel is so dangerous!" you might say. Well, that is an understandable concern, yet it's not a truly valid one. The perception of danger is pushed on us by the media simply because they need something to talk about since we apparently all decided that twenty-four-hour news was a good thing. I'm here to tell you, folks; it isn't. The first rule of news is that drama sells. If you look at the world as a whole, there will always be enough war, hatred, and corruption to be expounded on non-stop; with a population of seven billion or so, conflict is unavoidable. What the news doesn't tell you is the vast amounts of good that happen everyday all over the globe.
Reporting on the thousands of planes that arrive safely and the millions and millions of children who aren’t harmed in any given day just doesn't sell papers or generate clicks. So while it may seem that things are only getting worse, it is imperative to remember that the main reason it seems that way is because an ever increasing amount of information is being shared, and since all the bad things get the focus, that is what you are seeing more of. There has never been a better time to travel the world than right now. I’m not saying that because flights are much cheaper than they once were, though they are. It's not because the world is safer than ever before, though it is. The reason there has never been a better time to travel is because this is the present, and you aren't getting any younger. Get out and see the world, even if you only start by going to the nearest town you've never been to. Trust me, it's worth it.