Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. -Mark Twain
There was a time in my life when I thought I had the definitive answers, especially when it came to religion. But traveling opened my eyes to a larger world which revealed to me how small I was and how limited my world-view. It showed me that I had been looking at the world through a paper towel tube. It showed me that life is rarely black and white and never definitive.
Travel is fatal to narrow-mindedness, but many of my friends never leave their little part of their own city much less leave their country. And those who do not venture out risk having a restricted view of religion, life, beauty, culture, empathy, compassion and love.