The goal of travel is to return transformed

“It may sound naive, but when you enter a cross-cultural situation, you are by definition an ambassador for your culture. Decency and pride dictate that we present ourselves well, with respect and integrity. Think of every such cultural encounter as a reciprocal obligation. If you make a promise to return to a village, to send a photograph, keep it. Always leave behind more than you bring away, give more than you take. Whether we travel as tourists, journalists, or academic anthropologists, it is our comparative wealth that allows us to be in these places, to have these life-affirming interactions. This is always a privilege but never a right. The goal of travel is to return transformed. And that’s the gift of engagement with another cultural reality.”
–Wade Davis, “On Native Ground,” Condé Nast Traveler, December 2008

Posted by | Comments (3)  | May 23, 2011
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  3. Rick Tocquigny Says:

    Wade- We are interested in interviewing for our next Life Lessons book about family vacations. What is the best time to reach you next week?

    Rick Tocquigny
    Executive Producer
    Life Lessons Network