Traveling Broadens the Mind

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Traveling broadens the mind

"Traveling broadens the mind more than reading." says a very popular Turkish proverb. It is true as long as one embraces experiences with an open mind. Traveling is seeing new countries, meeting new people, experiencing new things, learning a different side of life and more. It is in short the adventurous outdoor class trip to different cultures, different languages, different political climates and different histories.

As the saying goes, “The wise man's home is the universe." - Democrites (born c. 460 BC). This is especially true as mankind’s knowledge is often confided to the four corners of the wall, the same orders in life, the limited cultures in one place. By traveling, it enriches the mind by cultivating a positive and constructive thinking pattern in a person’s mindset.

Traveling also opens many senses in one’s life. “Wanderlust,” is a German loanword which loosely means, the love of travel. Besides changing the perspective of mindsets, it also changes a person’s way of accepting cultures. From China to Italy, from Greece to Arab, and from America to Russia, different geographical continents have a vast share of cultures. Traveling opens the eyes and heart of an individual in accepting something different of the norm.

Moreover, traveling encourages us to learn and adapt. Many individuals who travel constantly will face language barriers, thus forcing them to learn and embrace a new language to “survive” in a particular place. Not only that, by adapting in a new place, it gives others a chance to learn more from us. Exchanging thoughts, ideas and skills with others from different places and or countries will broaden our minds and it helps especially in the area of complicated problem solving.

No matter where we are, stereotypes will always exist. Why? Often times, we judge and perceive things without even investigating. The mass media, the mainstream information, contributes to how we see things today....
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