Does travel make you a more open-minded person? Does it make you a 'better' person? Does travel make people less prejudiced, less bigoted, warmer and welcoming ?
The venerable american writer Mark Twain — "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness..." Do you believe this?
I've find that some travelers make generalizations and usually will judge the whole entire populace of a nation simply on a few encounters with the few natives. For instance, if a tourist has a negative experience in the country they are visiting (ie, they encounter a thief, con artists, pervert, rude waiters/ waitress, etc), then they usually believe everybody else in the country is bad too.
What's your experience, opinion? Do you have anything negative to say about a nation you have visited? Do you know tourists or expats who have said bad things about particular people in a country they visited or worked in?
I think it depends on how you travel. If you just go to a resort where the only native people you meet are those who work at the resort, you're not broadening your horizons very much. Similarly, if you take a cruise and only spend a few hours to a day at each port, usually in very touristy areas, you're not going to be able to get to know other cultures well. On the other hand, if you actually stay in one place for a longer period of time and venture outside of the hugely popular tourist attractions, you'll have the opportunity to really get to know the place. Of course the people who travel this way are often already open-minded.
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I like travelling and meeting people. with me everywhere has it own beauty, just find a way to feel it. And I really think, possitive persons, travelling will make them more open-minded, more friendly, I meant better people :)
I believe it depends on the person. One can already be open-minded and non-prejudicial even though they have not traveled. But in my opinion, one should take traveling as a great way to aide those traits and be more culturally aware! I don't think it necessarily makes you a "better" person, but just more knowledgeable.
I love to travel even though I've only been to a few places. I've had both wonderful and horrible experiences everywhere that I've been to! And even with those negative experiences, as Spangola said, I wouldn't hesitate to go back. I think it's unfair to judge the entire country/race due to your own personal experiences, because one unfortunately rude person doesn't speak for everyone else who resides in that particular place.
My opinion is you can both become more open-minded and more closed person. I'd say travelling shape your personality. I'd recommend to try it on your own at least one time during your life and then you can judge it. I also think you can stay/travel for a while in order to know the culture and people there. Afterwards you won't judge whole nation same, because you meet more people and therefore you'll have many opinion.
Sometimes you can reveal your strengths when you travel somewhere - especially on your own. I think the most people travel because of this reason. Or they just want to meet as much people as they can. It seems to be there more then just one reason :)