How traveling makes the world a more peaceful place

Do you feel like everything you turn on depicts scenes of chaos, blood, violence and tears? Police brutality, racism, kids shooting kids, wars, and what not even though the world has never been less violent. We are told by the media not to travel to certain places because they’re dangerous. Yet, travelers don’t let this stop them. They still travel. They still make lifelong connections with locals because they know that experiencing a country on their own will lead them to great memories with friendly, helpful locals because contrary to what the media wants us to belief.

With my first trip to Italy when I was three years old, my parents planted that travel bug in me; therefore, I haven’t stopped exploring the world ever since. After more than two decades of traveling, I confidently believe that traveling makes this world a more peaceful place. And guess what – I’ve found other passionate globetrotters who agree with me on this, too!

I’ve asked five travel bloggers from different backgrounds how travelers can contribute to a more peaceful world. Here are there answers:

 

Crazy Sexy Fun Traveler:

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“I was born in a very small in Eastern Slovakia where people are just not used to see ‘different’ people. Most of people there are on the similar financial level and do not really accept people of different race and color, not even of different religion and even less are ok with gays and lesbians. I never agreed with them but it was only I really started traveling around the world when I fully realized that people ARE different, yet all the same. We all have a heart and want to be loved. We all have good and bad days when all we need is a hug and a nice word. Traveling taught me not to judge others as they could not choose how and where they were born. Neither could I. On the road I also began to believe in karma which means that the nicer I am to others, the nicer they will be to me. If not the same people specifically, then it will get back to me later from someone else, but it will. Let us all make more good deeds in this world and help the less fortunate :).” – Alexandra Kovacova

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Teacake Travels:

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“Through thick and thin, good and bad, never stop travelling. You are a little ray of light in keeping the world’s peace, love, compassion, respect and excitement alive. By travelling, you are kicking biased TV news reports, racist viewpoints and uneducated ideas in the butt. You need to keep kicking butt more than ever.
Share your stories of kindness, happiness and the small little things that keep your faith in humanity strong. Show the world you refuse to give into negative crap. Live your life, enjoy Mother Earth and keep on going because you are the Ying to the Yang. See you on the road adventurer!” – Alice Nettleingham

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The Blog Abroad:

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“One thing I always reiterate that I think has helped change my perspective of the world, is that I travel more for the people rather than the places.
I’ve learned that there is beauty in every corner of the world, and I can oogle at cathedrals, plazas, and beaches all day, but I much rather dine with locals, learn their stories, and exchange our cultures.
You develop a greater sense of appreciation for the place you’re in when you have a more in-depth experience, and that only comes through talking to the locals.
To travel and maintain prejudice is nearly impossible if you open up your mind enough. Every person is a friend you haven’t met yet, and that’s the approach I always take when traveling.” – Gloria Atanmo9c5a5620

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Verocious Trips:

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“In all honesty, I have yet to uncover (and discover) all the wonderful gems that this world has to offer. I am, however, thrilled at the prospect of starting my travels to different parts of the world…one step at a time. So, my humble vision actually takes me back to my time as a kid. Few things that I recall: I enjoyed my math and language courses, I was somehow always involved in cultural events and dancing and in my free time, I liked to experiment with different handwritings.
In hindsight, every small step I took actually brought me closer to what I’ve always wanted – to understand people & places –through travel. Albert Einstein spent 10 years trying to formulate his theory of general relativity and came up with one single equation (E = MC^2) to describe the space-time continuum. Sometimes, I wonder, is there a unifying theory that can help us (humans) achieve peace? Of course, it’s a complex issue and there is no “one-size fits all” approach or solution. But, I think travelers (and traveling) can serve as catalysts in better understanding people & places. Even so, it’s important to share an authentic and honest view of our travel experiences with our readers, followers, etc.
So, to answer the question, I would like to start contributing to the world by trying different cuisines, listening to people’s stories and when in doubt, busting a move or two and dancing away (even if it looks silly)! We can acknowledge our differences, but we can also celebrate humanity. Let me emphasize that – we should celebrate humanity.” – Veronica

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Wandering Wagars:

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“As parents who travel with their children, we have looked upon travel as a form of education. As we travel with them to new locations, both local and remote, they are being introduced to new cultures and experiences. We firmly believe that travel can be a way to teach them about respect. Respect for nature, other cultures and beliefs and most importantly respect for themselves.
Travel is one of the most genuine forms of education. Every moment of travel is a hands on immersion into new and exciting experiences, and by opening up the world to our children, we truly believe that they will be passing on their experiences to their peers, and eventually to their own children.” – Kevin Wagar & family

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And now, here are my two cents about why traveling makes the world a more peaceful place:

I’m fortunate to have visited a lot of different places and countries from a very young age. All the traveling taught me that you make connections with strangers. They help you or you help them. You learn how to understand each other even if it’s by communicating via hands and feet. You get to know their story. You learn from each other and you respect each other. You know that you come from different backgrounds, but you share being human. Joy, hope, fear, sadness are universal emotions. You internalize this when you travel and you become more and more empathetic. Empathy to me is the key for a more peaceful world.

So never stop sharing your adventures, goals and dreams. Never stop inspiring people. Never stop encouraging others that they can travel too, even if it’s “just” a town 200 miles away, a different state, or the neighboring country. Never stop traveling <3

Now, I want to hear from you: Why do YOU think traveling can make the world a more peaceful place? Share your opinion in the comments!

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    • Jennifer Schlueter

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      Thank YOU for participating 🙂 !

  • Couldn’t agree more with this! Traveling absolutely makes the world a more peaceful place. I believe this can be attributed to a lot of the personal growth that a person develops while traveling. When you yourself are able to grow and understand the world better, you are bound to see the world in a different light and hopefully more peacefully. Love this post!

    • Jennifer Schlueter

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      Yes! Love this and totally agree <3

  • I love all these snippets of travel philosophy and firmly agree that travel makes the world a more peaceful place. If certain world leaders had ever spent some time in a cafe in Baghdad or Beirut things might have been so different…

    • Jennifer Schlueter

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      Hahahahah, SO VERY TRUE 🙁 I wish he had…

  • The best way to promote peace is to travel and then bring back your travel tales to others to scared or too narrow minded to travel to these destinations themselves. I’ve been living in Turkey, and it’s amazing how many people listen to the news or read newspapers and believe what they read. When nothing could be further from the truth. Travel broadens the mind and opens your heart. ~Jay @rovingjay

    • Jennifer Schlueter

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      Ha! So true… Fox News just to name one… :p But they have a “Fox News” in every country or – even worse – people who control the news… Your first sentence is so true, but I just hope that these people do get inspired by us and don’t just pretend to listen 😉

  • Travelling gives you understanding, insight, perspective and empathy. I find the more of the world that I see the more history, people and cultures make sense and fit together.

    • Jennifer Schlueter

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      So true! Same here 🙂

  • Great post! You are all so right. If not travelling, one just stays narrow minded, closed inside, not being aware of the beautiful diversity of the world that should be celebrated and praised. Instead of all the beauty, such person only sees threat and fear. Such a shame not to be able to go beyond prejudices and politics… Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Jennifer Schlueter

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      You’re welcome, glad you liked it 🙂 Thanks for reading!!! What you’re saying is so true…

  • I love this collaboration. You are spot on about how we’re told by the media not to travel to certain places and how travellers visit to connect with others… I feel like the more we travel, the more we understand about different regions, cultures and everything in between. I really enjoyed reading each and every traveller’s response but I especially loved Veronica’s attitude to celebrate humanity.

    Definitely inspiring 🙂

    • Jennifer Schlueter

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      Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it! I’ll let Veronica know 🙂

  • I love reading personal opinion-style posts and this one did not disappoint! It’s wonderful to learn about other travellers’ beliefs and I 100% agree with everything I’ve read here. Travelling is precious, it’s a privilege and it teaches us so many things – so yes, it totally does help make the world a more peaceful place. Understanding the beliefs and behaviours of other cultures is invaluable. What a wonderful, inspiring post 🙂

    • Jennifer Schlueter

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      Thanks a lot! Glad you enjoyed it 😀

  • The first experience this brought to mind was a time I dined with a Russian family in St. Petersburg and we all did vodka shots to world peace! But seriously, I agree with the Wagars that travel helps to educate people. I also find that travel encourages curiosity about the world, and if people are genuinely curious about knowing others, they are less likely to hate them.

    • Jennifer Schlueter

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      Wow, that’s a great memory 🙂 Love it! And agreed with your last sentence 😀

  • I think travel can make the world a more peaceful place because no matter how far from home we are – we always have a little bit of “home” on the road. A constant reminder that the earth is large but the world is small. I absolutely adore this post! Such great opinions from such great authors!

    • Jennifer Schlueter

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      Yes! I agree with you so much 🙂 It’s a small world after all 😀

  • What a wonderful collaboration! I agree that travel makes the world brighter, and it’ll make so many people happy. There’s good in the world, travel snd find it!

    • Jennifer Schlueter

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      So true 🙂

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