Rick Steves, a travel guru who has opened up and interpreted European travel to North Americans for 30 years, has written a new book titled Travel as a Political Act. It is on order at the library for me. I am the first person in line and very excited to read it. In addition to the book there is a blog and a video and audio recording of a speech given in California, available through ABC TV.
While I did not agree with everything he said in this video, I do agree with the ability travel has to remind us that our human condition is far more similar than different, and other people who appear different that you or I are not scary and to be feared, but interesting individuals from who we can learn a great deal. Different lives. Different choices. Travel changes your perceptions if you are willing to open to its lessons and get off the beach of a first world resort supplanted in a developing nation. Get off the beach. Be brave. Go further.
I shall write more when I have read the book.