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You are Invited to Share Your Thoughts, Journeys and Experiences as a Peaceful Travelers
The experience of travel is near and dear to many of our hearts and minds. The effect of travel on individuals can be profound, inspirational and life changing.
To share your experiences, email us with "Peaceful Traveler Insight" in the subject line. As we compile your insights, a webpage with postings will be added to our site in the future. We look forward to hearing from you!
For inspiration, enjoy the following message posted on Daily OM:
A Citizen Of The World
As the technology of travel
grows ever more refined, the world grows smaller. Whereas a journey of a hundred
miles once took many days, we can now travel across the globe in mere hours. The
four corners of the earth are accessible by plane, train, and ship, and there
are few pleasures in life as soul-stirring and transformative as travel. In a
new land, the simplest of joys can be profound-meditation takes on a new quality
because the energy in which we are immersed is unfamiliar. Our sensory
experiences are entirely novel. Yet the relative ease with which we can step out
of our own culture in order to explore another means that we are ambassadors
representing not only our own way of life but also the culture of the traveler.
As a conscious citizen of the world, you can add value to the locales you visit
while simultaneously broadening your own perspective.
A truly aware traveler sees each new journey as an opportunity to improve international relations, spread goodness, and gain a greater understanding of humanity. To immerse yourself in foreign cultures is to open your mind to fresh ways of being. Your natural curiosity can help you navigate the subtleties that define a culture. While you may not agree with all the traditions or laws of a country, abiding by them demonstrates that you understand and respect their value. Staying centered in another culture is often simply a matter of learning about your destination, being patient with yourself and others, and accepting that people may treat you as an example of your country's attitudes. New worlds will open to you when you take part in the everyday life of a locale-the reality of a destination is in its markets, its streets, and its people.
Traveling presents a wonderful opportunity to practice being open-minded and grounded. The voyages you make help cultivate a worldwide community in which we as humans can acknowledge and appreciate our differences as much as we recognize and appreciate our similarities. Though you will eventually return home, the positive impression you leave behind will remain as a testament to the respect and amicability that marked your intercultural interactions.
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