Stereotypes are terrible, but most
people like confining everyone in certain boxes. Once we already made
judgments, it would be difficult changing our views. Hence, it makes sense if
you decide to travel to
other places. It’s the best way to alter your views about culture and
races. You will realize that your stereotypes are incorrect. These are the
other reasons why traveling can change your views.
Your view of other cultures is limited
The way you judge other groups
depends on how they’re portrayed by the media. It adheres to the media
dependency theory. When you have no exposure to other culture or race, your
view is shaped by what the media tells you. It doesn’t mean you’re wrong or the
media is wrong. It’s just that you don’t have sufficient sources of information
to change your view of reality.
You can disprove what you see online
At a time when it’s easy to spread fake information
online, you might believe something about other cultures that holds no
truth at all. The only way for you to disprove the information online is by
traveling to other places. You will finally see people’s way of life. The
information spread online could be born out of racism and hatred. When you find
the truth, you can also help spread it to other people.
You will meet new friends
Having new friends could change your views.
You won’t call them friends if you didn’t like being around them. If some
cultures are stereotyped as rude, you can disprove it. If people think some
races are unhygienic and uncultured, your friends will show otherwise. Your
experience will change your views of others, and it’s a good thing. You can
inspire your family and friends to also change their views.
You will see places not shown in the
It’s unfortunate that some places are
depicted negatively. For instance, if you think of some cities, you immediately
think about terrorism. For other places, it’s about rampant theft and murder.
While it may be true, it’s not correct for all areas within the same country.
You might be surprised to find out that there are other places that don’t fit the
narrative. Even war-torn areas have a lot of beautiful towns where people live
a normal life. You will only have a chance to see the reality if you visit
Hopefully, you will have the chance
to travel more and explore the world. Don’t allow yourself to be dictated by
the media on what to believe. Besides, traveling
is fun. You don’t need to intentionally research about other people’s
cultures. You will have an organic experience and realize new things when you
get back home. As you explore more places, your ideas will widen and you will
be more accepting of people from different backgrounds. Now might not be the
best time to travel due to the pandemic, but when things get back to normal,
you have to travel to as many places as you can.
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