How has traveling abroad influenced your worldview?
I think my greatest realizations while traveling were:
- People are people. Wherever you go, most people have similar desires - everyone likes to enjoy themselves, have a little chat, some people enjoy music, some prefer to talk about sports. Everyone is in love with their kids and respects elderly people. I know it sounds super cheesy - but we really are all the same.
- Western culture is not the only one. If you are fed up with what you are used to when you turn on the radio at home, just turn it on in India, in Mexico etc. Not necessarily better, not necessarily worse, but not inferior and just as popular there as the stuff back home.
- The permanent complaints of people in my home country are ridiculous. I live in Germany and after traveling abroad you have to realize - this is a super safe country with all the amenities you could ask for. Relax, people.
- The assumption that everyone speaks your language(s) just is unrealistic. Foreign languages are tough and I have to realize that foreigners in my country do have a tough time with learning the language - while a lack of knowledge of a certain language is no indication of being stupid at all.