Sometimes, i'm just wondering : "Have I changed after each time i travel??" I mean the way of thinking, points of view ... Some people say that they have changed their way of how they look at the world,... some people say that they met their soul mate while travelling, and some won a lottery during a trip to somewhere..... but i found out that not each travel experience will garantee "me" to gain something or to have some change on personality or the way of how i think...
How do others members think of this?
I suppose so.
I usually understand a little more, about the country and people I visited. Every country gives me a different feeling.
[ Edit: Edited on Mar 19, 2007, at 2:53 AM by Mel. ]
I think I should answer, that I am still the same person, but i have new insights. But getting new insights happens everywhere, so in that way we wake up a different person, every day.
I guess it also depends on the kind of trip you are making. If you go to countries/cities, that are very much like the one you are living in than I don't you will have seen a lot of things that can make you chance your mind on certain views. You can imagine, that if you make a long RTW trip on which you see all kind of different countries, that you get so much new input, and insights, that you will be changing your thoughts on a couple of points. Some people will call that being a different person.
That's a great question! Preparing for and leaving on a trip means I have a lot more knowledge about the places I'm going to - that in itself changes me. Learning little bits and pieces about a new language, culture, customs, food, etc. also means I've expanded my own little world a little more. Plus the more places I see, the more I have to talk about - and the more points in common I have with fellow travellers.
In the big-picture sense, my first trip to Paris brought a great change to my life, but I can't say that I'm "different" - it's more that my life is fuller. If I had to sum it all up, travelling doesn't change me so much as enable me to become more of the person I want to be.
Personally, I think that I every day, when I go to bed, I am a different person than the guy who woke up that morning. Every day imprints a little something on us, and moves us a little bit away from where we were.
Now, some days are bigger days than others, days where we learn more and do more and change more than before. I think travel facilitates those days, because it puts us in situations where we are seeing things we've never seen, and makes us learn and question what we hold to be true.
Some trips do more than others, depending on how far outside of one's known world they push us. Some places do this just because they are so different than our home, other places require us to dig deeper and meet people who we wouldn't meet normally to impact us greatly. But I think all trips, every day really, even when at home, have the ability to change us.
There's travel and then there's living in a place, making friends, learning about the culture, etc. Travelling Eurrail through Western Europe didn't change me much. But after teaching English for a year in China, I had a completely different understanding of poverty, pollution, and the struggle most of the world faces every day just to get by. I also learned that not every one watches American Idol, or cares who Lindsey Lohan is. There are other cultures beyond our own, that we know so little about. (I've been 6 years in Asia now, and still loving it.)
I think you'll grow the most from the travel experiences that challenge you the most. To paraphrase a previous poster, if you travel to places with a culture you're already familiar with, you shouldn't expect any epiphanies. As an American living outside a major city I know I’d change much more after a trip to the rural Chinese countryside than a trip to London.
In my experience personal growth is not usually found in comfortable settings. If you’re REALLY interested in a life-changing experience, consider traveling to a place you wouldn’t naturally want to visit.