What is travel and what is tourism? For me, tourism is seeing the world from behind glass—in a hotel, a bus, a restaurant. You go to another country, and watch the people from a safe distance, while you check off sites in a guidebook. Travel means, above all, that you interact with people and experience their culture. This can happen in another country, on another continent, in the next town or even in your hometown. It is an attitude of openness, willingness to experience other ways of being and even learning from them.
It is not far-fetched to say that when you travel that way, you are contributing to world peace. Why? Because when you interact with others and get to know them, when you exchange ideas, you are less likely to want to go to war with each other. You build bonds, not bombs.
This kind of cultural interaction can be transformative for the traveler. She or he, through meaningful cultural interaction, can learn new solutions to life issues, and make a trip into a personal journey.
People are more freaked about spending money now, and are more selective about how they spend their travel dollars. They want experiences and life memories. They want to enrich their existences. I know of no better way than including hands-on interaction with other people on a trip.
A few weeks ago, my book, LIFE IS A TRIP: The Transformative Magic of Travel, came out. In it, I take the reader with me on l4 exotic trips. In each case, I learned a solution to a life issue—family discord, healing, death, forgiveness, faith, etc—from another culture. Because you are seasoned travel pros, I would LOVE to know what you think about it, and if we can dialogue about this kind of travel. I contacted the publisher and asked if they could offer you a 40% discount on the book, which only sells for $14.95 to begin with. Fortunately for me, the reviews have been very good. It has been endorsed by the editor of National Geographic Traveler, the travel editor of the L.A. Times, the president of the Adventure Travel Trade Association and many others.
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May there be many wonderful travels in your life.