6 Reasons Traveling Can Open Your Eyes And Your Mind

6 Reasons Traveling Can Open Your Eyes And Your Mind

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m from Indiana, but I spent four years living in Germany with my family. And it was an amazing experience that I would never give up. It took some time to adjust, but then it was just a magical adventure. Being so close to so many other countries meant that we got to travel all the time and visit places I didn't even know existed, and that changed my life. Here are six reasons why I love to travel.

1. Seeing and experiencing different culture


Whenever I visit a new country or even another region of a country I've already been in, I get to experience a whole new culture. Everywhere you go, things are new, different ways of greeting and saying goodbye, different ways to shop, and different ways of transportation. I've been to places where people took the public bus starting in kindergarten and I've seen people that bike everywhere they possibly can even in less than comfortable weather.

Different countries have different brands so it's interesting to see how people dress and see some of the traditional outfits of the country mixed with some more modern clothing. Toys are very different too, it's fun to see all the differences in what children play with in other parts of the world. Then, there are small things that are different that you never would have thought of. For instance, in Germany, dogs are a part of everyday life. They are trained in a social environment and you see them in shops, malls, and restaurants and they are always well behaved. I've never seen that in Indiana.

2. Trying new foods

I've stuck my nose up at a lot of different types of food, but my mom always made me try new things. And I'm glad she did. I've found so many different foods I like in so many different cultures. France has the best tarts, pastries and baguettes ever and the beef bourguignon is simply delicious. In Germany, I love the bread and gelbwurst sausage, but my favorite was always schnitzel. Trying new foods at home is good, but nothing beats authentic cuisine.

3. Meeting new and interesting people

Another thing I love about traveling is meeting new people everywhere I go. From the baker to the waitress to the cashier at the mall everyone can be fun to talk to. Some of the best conversations I've had with people were when we could barely understand anything the other was saying, we would just pick up bits and pieces and collect the rest from body language and tone. Sometimes you get to hang out with people while you're visiting and they can become friends for life, if you connect well.

4. Being totally immersed in a different language

I love when I'm traveling and I can't understand anyone around me. At first, it can be a little scary because you feel like the anomaly. But when you start to listen, it's beautiful. The flow of all the words around you and once you are there long enough you might even start to pick up on some of the simple things said.

5. Seeing famous sites and buildings

I love the feeling of seeing something in person that I have seen pictures of and it's finally real and in front of me. The pictures usually can't even do it justice, it just feels amazing! The elegant beauty of the Eiffel Tower sparkling in the night, walking the immense gardens at Versailles, the overwhelming elegance of the palace in Vienna, nothing beats the feeling of standing in front of something so amazing, something with a history and seeing just how real it is. Castles are especially fun to visit, because I have to imagine that someone lived or still lives there. The castles are so big and magnificent it can be so hard to believe that anyone lived there as their personal home.

6. Getting Home With A New Outlook On Life

Whenever I go somewhere new and I get home, the experience stays with me. I notice how my own society works differently. How some things are done better in my own community and that we could make improvements just by observing and changing how we currently do things. I feel like I come back with a better understanding of people and how to help those who are new to an area or people who are just passing through. Plus, by talking with others you may inspire someone else to explore the world.

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.
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Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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We Need To Start Taking Sexual Assault Against Men More Seriously

If you wouldn't say it to a woman, why would it be okay to say it to a man?

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Meet Becky. Becky is an attractive, 17-year-old woman looking to find an agent to help her Hollywood career. She finds an excellent, popular agent who invites her to his house for an interview. They have drinks and chat, getting along wonderfully all the while.

But things change quickly. The agent keeps giving her alcohol despite her young age until she is undoubtedly drunk. Suddenly, he climbs on top of her and begins to fondle her. She's torn; she can't insult him without ruining her career, but this isn't what she wants. She's able to push him off without aggravating him, but she knew she couldn't report the issue without angering him and his colleagues. She waits 11 years to report the incident, only to learn that she wasn't his only victim.

It's always a horrifying story. A woman was pinned down and groped without consent by an adult man who had no excuse not to know any better. You're undoubtedly disgusted by the agent's actions, but would you feel the same if Becky wasn't a woman?

If it changes your opinion at all, you're a hypocrite.

Becky doesn't exist, but this is a true story according to Blaise Godbe Lipman, an American actor, screen director, and screenwriter. He along with several other young men, such as Lucas Ozarowski, claim that child talent agent Tyler Grasham made "unwanted advances" towards them and came out with their stories as the #MeToo movement gained traction in 2017.

Lucas Ozarowski's Facebook Post Lucas Ozarowski's Facebook post accusing Tyler Grasham of sexual assault

This isn't just a small group of men though. A 2005 study by the Centers for Disease Control found that approximately 16% of men in America had been sexually assaulted, but that percentage ballooned to 43% in 2018 after the MeToo movement brought greater awareness to what sexual assault entailed. 1in6, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about sexual assault against men, thinks that these numbers are still inaccurate. According to 1in6, men are less likely to disclose sexual assault status and "[o]nly 16% of men with documented histories of sexual abuse (by social service agencies, which means it was very serious) considered themselves to have been sexually abused, compared to 64% of women with documented histories in the same study." Because of these differences, the incidence of sexual assault against men may be significantly higher than we've come to expect.

But we have a problem as a society: we don't take sexual assault against men as seriously as we take sexual assault against women.

Take Terry Crews' case, for example. The former NFL player and actor in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" was groped in 2016, but he only revealed this information to the public in 2017 as he joined the #MeToo movement. His case was more widely publicized than that of Lipman's and Ozarowski's and some people were... less than empathetic.

King T'Tywala's tweet King T'Tywala's tweet regarding Terry Crews

Unfortunately, this is one of the kinder tweets he received. I will not show the following tweets due to the language used, but the people throwing insults about Crews' masculinity ranged anywhere from the relatively unknown to larger names such as 50 cent. Rather than attacking his claims, many people felt the need to take a jab at Crews' masculinity and capability as a person—just like they've done with other men in his position.

Despite the widely held belief that men need to be strong, calm rocks with good control of their emotions, they aren't inherently stronger than women when coping with the aftermath; a man can feel guilty, anxious, hopeless, and even suicidal after the fact. Men can go into crisis, men can feel inferior, and men can fear for their lives every night when they're safely tucked away in bed.

Just like women.

Sexual assault simply doesn't make the victim any "less of a man." It isn't funny. It doesn't make him weak. The only difference is that people are more likely to look down on him and less likely to support him than if he was a woman. We need to address this and start moving forward as a society so that men start receiving the compassion and support that women do after a horrific event like this. By discarding our ingrained beliefs about what a man SHOULD react like, we can respond properly to what that man DOES react like and give him the help he deserves.

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