Not so long ago I was told by the bf that very few people in Australia have traveled the way I have.
What’s more, few Australians, especially young ones, have traveled outside of their own state. They haven’t climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge or watched Uluru change colour as the sun sets or snorkeled in the Great Barrier Reef or toured the Great Ocean Road.
I know this, because I have and many, many, many, many Australians have said:
“You have seen more of my country than I have.”
I can’t even begin to understand why that is. It seems young Australians don’t even realise what they’re missing out on. Because they are missing out.
Travelling changes your point of view, your opinions, you become a better person when you know through experience a little bit about a world that isn’t yours.
I met a girl once who said to me: “I have nothing to my name but the countries I have traveled to.” She was maybe 19. She may not have had a university degree or a career-in-the-making: she has life experiences and understandings of a world beyond her own that people who have never gone anywhere don’t have.
A friend from New Zealand recently said to me that she would love to backpack through Europe. But she is in Australia now and she hasn’t seen half of what it has to offer. theShe reasons she might as well see her own backyard before she goes and explores someone else’s.
Australia, wake up and start to travel!
I wonder if that is any different in Europe.
I mean, obviously distances are smaller therefore you would be hard-pressed to find a European who has never been to another country – contrary to Australia.
Still, Europeans might travel to other countries, but does that count if you don’t really take in the culture – submerge yourself? We travel to Italy or Spain, to Poland or Slovakia, but does that mean you know anything about the language or the culture?
I would assume so. I know I do. But I might very well be the exception to the rule – I don’t know.
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Do you consider yourself a traveler? Do you think people who don’t travel miss out?