“Travel has inspired me to be engaged and to do what I can to make a difference. In other words, it’s helped me to become a better citizen of this planet, and I hope thoughtful travels can do the same for you.”
While my Top 10 list has been in no particular order, this talk is by far my favorite. I grew up watching Rick Steves’ travel specials on TV and was fascinated by his European adventures. He has inspired me in my own travels both on Study Abroad in Sevilla and while living in other parts of Europe. This talk encompasses everything that Study U Abroad is about.
Steves challenges us to travel thoughtfully, with an intention to step outside our own ideas of the world and seek understanding. He talks about growing up with the idea that the U.S. was on top of a giant pyramid with the rest of the world aspiring to be like us, yet when he traveled he discovered not everyone had the same American dream. “Travel wallops my ethnocentricity, and I’m very thankful for that. It’s something to celebrate. Our dream is beautiful, but so is theirs.”
Travel can take on whole new meaning if you get past your own fears and preconceived notions and engage with people. Steves said, “fear is, to me, for people who don’t get out very much.”
It’s been my experience that when you travel thoughtfully something powerful happens. You are in a unique position to share your experiences in a way that promotes more compassion and understanding in the world.
How will you engage in thoughtful travel on Study Abroad?