Stereotypes when we travel

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1. Posted by MoreThan.Mag (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I've spent half of my life in Iran and the other half in the UK, I've often had to inform people about my country and its culture by proving stereotypes wrong. For example, I'd show images of forests, mountains and beaches to prove that 'Iran is not just a desert'.

I worry that stereotypes can lead to harmful narratives (the media often fuels these narratives too which is dangerous). So I'm curious to know if anyone else here has either been the subject of stereotypes or - particularly through travel - have come across any stereotypes of other cultures.

Let me know!

2. Posted by AnnaTravelTeach (Inactive 20 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Hello, MoreThanMag. I had an impression that a culture shock phenomenon characterizes biased and prejudiced people and it is not worthwhile wasting time proving anything to them. Those with an open mind are always ready to explore the unknown and do not follow any stereotypes.
You can always educate about your place but the biased are not likely to believe you. They will usually find an argument to prove you wrong. But sharing this valuable information (photos, videos, etc.) can attract those unbiased and be a great inspiration and guide for them.

3. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1742 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Hi. I think we've all been put in a stereotype situation many times in our lives. There are so many stereotypes . . . ethnic, geographic, weight, age, religion, gender, economic status, race, education, etc. People seem to feel it necessary to categorize everything and stereotypes help them do that. Often when they get to actually know someone in a category, they usually realize it's a generalization and doesn't fit everyone in the category. If you have that experience a few times, you start to question stereotypes. That's why it's good to get out and meet all kinds of people. We're all lucky because we travel but many folks don't have that advantage and a lot simply don't want to meet anyone different. They're missing a lot but if it doesn't bother them, it's not my place to criticize them. My mother hated to travel. It just made her uncomfortable but at home with her friends and family she was happy. We're all different. Life would be dull of we were all alike.