Get a world atlas or just browse online. Look at the map of your state or province and see how small your region is compared to the state as a whole. Now go to a map of your country, and while your territory may disappear, your "big" state or big province will become a small part of the country. Continue with a map of your continent. This time you may not find your state or province and your "big" country will become a small part of your continent. At the end, do you turn to the world map and what do you notice? Your country may not disappear, but your "big" continent is becoming a "fraction" of the world.
This exercise shows that as you travel far and wide, you are increasingly enlarging your world view.
The headlines of the past century, and in particular the explosion of the Internet over the last few decades, have made you aware of the diversity of the world. No matter how well informed your couches or armchairs are about the world, there's nothing better than visiting these places for first-hand experiences.
In the following sections we will see some reasons why you need to travel a lot.
1. You not only get to know great places, they also experience them
The media (newspaper, radio, television, internet), people and books show and tell of great places. But only by traveling can you truly "feel" the great places of the world like the Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, Rajastan. Venice (Italy) with its gondolieri and crafts on the many waterways; The Pyramid of the Sun at San Juan Teotihuacan, not far from Mexico City (Mexico); Downtown Casablanca (Morocco), main port, in the foreground the Place Lyautey; Mt. Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain, and the Southern Alps above Lake Matheson on the South Island; the American Falls at Niagara Falls, New York; and a typical mosque in Port of Spain (Trinidad & Tobago).
2. You get to know many different people and how they really are
Travel is a great way to expand your circle of friends and improve your understanding of others.
My many travels have enabled me to find many intimate friends in many countries around the world. The close relationships that we had would otherwise not have been possible.
When I lived in Africa, I barely got in touch with (and never thought of) whites because we lived in different communities that were inherited from colonialism. But when I went to Germany, for example, I found many friends with whom I shared many beloved moments. This made my perception of white people as distant or racist crumbling.
Some time ago, I watched a TV documentary by a French television crew traveling to Mali, Africa, to film an illiterate who completely disassembles, repairs and reassembles the engine of an old car. When the roaring car disappeared in the distance, they came to the conclusion that the African also has technological and technical achievements.
Many such cases exist to break down barriers built by false perceptions and to make people appreciate each other.
3. You get to know more cultures and customs and can identify better with different people
I once visited a friend in a rural zone in northern Ghana, a neighboring country. For reasons of custom, he had to take me to all the members of his extended family. I was surprised that we were well served from the beginning. Larger, however, was my surprise to be equally welcome at the other two places. We returned with him to my friend's house, disappointed in me and myself, too full and very angry with him for not even giving me a clue as to what to expect.
In fact, my friend's obligation is to serve food and honor to a visitor if the visitor eats well. So I honored the first house and less the second. However, my inability to eat in the third was perceived as unpleasant because I did not appreciate their food, and my decision to stop visiting my friend with family members was a shame.
This custom exists in my area to some extent. Each visitor must be offered water to drink before being asked about the reason for his visit. However, you are not required to drink some or all of the water if you do not feel like it. Just take a sip or touch the container (cup, calabash, etc.) and your behavior will not be interpreted as snobbery. But to say no means to "insult" the host.
4. You are broadening your horizon
An American friend visited me in Togo and I took him to the region of Plateaux, the famous tourist center of my country. This is also the agricultural zone of Togo. We visited a farm where you can buy fruits harvested shortly before harvest.
"Is that a real pineapple?" my friend asked, strangely staring at the fruit the farmer had cut from the plant and given to him.
"Why?" I asked surprised.
"It was not harvested from a big tree," he said lamely.
I laughed out loud.
"Because of its size and weight, I thought pineapple grows on trees," my friend explained.
The curious farmer laughed too as I explained our conversation to him. He offered to show my friend pineapple plants at various stages of development.
That's exactly how you love mutton, but I think you'll appreciate it more if you visit a flock of sheep in Australia, for example. The same applies to cotton clothing when you visit the cotton farms of Sao Paulo in Brazil. Coffee, when farmers in Colombia see coffee drying under the tropical sun; Chocolate, when farmers on a cocoa plantation in Côte d Ivoire (West Africa) remove the nuts from the pods (the first phase of chocolate processing); Canned pineapple if you see pineapple en route to the cannery in Puerto Rico and so on.
5. You are experiencing a different environment
Germany was the first European country I visited. In the winter I had the burning desire to see and, above all, experience snow. On a dark winter night, an excited friend called to tell me that snow is falling. I jumped out of bed, hurrying outside, and outstretched arms, trying to catch the flakes falling from the sky. A passing German couple, walking with his dog, smiled at me amused.
While I hate the Harmattan, the dry, hot wind that blows from the Sahara to the coast of West Africa, brings a lot of dust and makes the mornings and evenings cool and the day scorching, a French expatriate friend found it exotic because of the fog it comes in the morning and the color in the evening.
6. You live "big" world history
You may wonder if you hear from (a person or on the radio) or (in the newspaper, on television or on the Internet) the pyramids of Egypt, the Taj Mahal of India, the ancient buildings (castles, cathedrals, castles) Europe's museums, the castles of West Africa (slave history), the plantations of America (slave history), monasteries and the large standing tree sculptures of the American Indians, but a visit to the places where they are found, is a very different experience.
7. You get a hospitable climate
Wealthy people in tropical climates often go overseas when the hot climate gets hot, and it is no secret that people in temperate climates also rush to places where they can enjoy the sun and the warm sea.
There are many other reasons why people should travel far. But I think these 7 are enough to pack your luggage if you have never traveled or to pick up your luggage soon if you already have one.
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