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How traveling the world has opened my eyes

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends”. –  Maya Angelou

By far, the most profound impact travel has made on my life is it has opened my eyes to humanity. In today’s world of fierce hatred of differences, there is nothing more important than accepting and understanding our fellow human beings. Without aiming to get too political, I believe strongly that in order to become a better world we must embrace and accept our differences. Hatred only acts to destroy the very world we are trying to create.

The world is not only made up of white Catholic privilege. The world is an amazingly diverse and beautiful place filled with people of all different colors, ethnicities, religions, beliefs and backgrounds. Travel has taught me that we must be open to accepting others and realizing that we are all truly one: Humankind.

I am fearful of the world we have become. I don’t know how to explain it to my children who are questioning the hatred they are seeing and hearing about in the news. The only hope I have as a parent is that they too can see the world and realize that it is a beautiful place filled with people who despite their differences, all want the same things out of life: Love, happiness, health and prosperity for their families. We really aren’t as different as we may seem.

Mosebo Village

In Ethiopia at Mosebo Village. June 2014

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page”. – . Saint Augustine

Mkuru Training Camp Maasai Tanzania

Me and Mary learning how to bead

Barranco Camp Machame Route Kilimanjaro

Me and one of our guides arriving at Barranco Camp. Mount Kilimanjaro

Carnaval 2015 Port-au-Prince

Our group, #Bloggers4Haiti

Aymara Women La Paz Bolivia

I met this woman selling her handmade dolls on the street outside my hotel in La Paz.

La Ceiba, Honduras

Volunteering in Honduras

Manang, NepalCuban Street Photography

Me and Tomas in Havana, Cuba.

Me and Tomas in Havana, Cuba.

Maria. Guatemala.

Maria. Guatemala.

Honduran child

Family in Guatemala.

Family in Guatemala.

Great Wall of ChinaAnnapurna trail, Nepal

Nepali girls

Lovely Nepali girls smile at the camera.

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Children of La Ceiba Honduras

Children at a day care center in Honduras where I volunteered last January.

Indira Kalyan

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Me and Maria, my Honduran host

Me and Maria, my Honduran host

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Volunteering in Costa Rica

Volunteering in Costa Rica

Volunteering in Morocco, I get Henna done.

Volunteering in Morocco, I get Henna done.

This post was inspired by the awful political election and the weekly photo challenge: Transmogrify. Whatever your beliefs, let’s not let fear and hate taint us. 

39 comments

  1. I have a similar story of personal change coming up! I so agree with you that travel is a natural inoculation against hatred and prejudice. When we see that most people on this earth are just like us at our cores, it is much harder to hate or magnify differences. We are lucky to be able to partake of those lessons; I often wonder how these values can be as effectively taught to those for whom this is not possible.

    • Oh can’t wait to hear about your story Lexi! I wanted to add on to the post that you don’t even always need to travel to experience differences. I guess this is more for people like us who live in big cities. My children go to an urban school where it is extremely diverse. We have a large Somali population and Mexican population as well as African American children who all go to school together. So far so good. It is really wonderful as when I grew up it was very very white.

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  3. I couldn´t agree with you more, very well written and the photos are such a great illustration of all your travels and the beauty of people everywhere, love it! Greetings from KL, Ron.

  4. Your photos are absolutely amazing! And you are right about trying to explain the harshness of today’s world to our children BUT you have highlighted the fact that there is still hope in small places with big hearts, especially when the global outlook may seem hopeless. Thanks for sharing; continue to be awesome 🙂

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    Copan Ruinas in Copan, Honduras has $5 a night hotels you should check that out sometime. Also awesome blog.

  6. Your blog is a beautiful view into traveling and different cultures. I especially liked the photo of you and Thomas in Cuba. Reminds me of a photo my dad has of himself and a man in Belize. Thanks for sharing!

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