From an early age, travel has been an essential part of my life story. It has shaped how I think and informed my worldview. I grew up at the end of the Baby Boom generation when American middle-class culture was becoming the dominant force in the world. Most Americans rarely left the country and had become entrenched in the American mindset.
Today, globalization has had a profound impact on the entire world. Yet, many remain oblivious to the lifestyles, cultures, religions, and conditions outside the USA. We falsely assume that everyone is like us or would like to be us.
World travel is expensive, dangerous, and often unpleasant. Why would anyone choose to do it? An essential part of our growth as humans is to question our assumptions about us and others. This rarely happens when we are able to control our lives completely. But travel forces us to learn and question.