One of the best things about travelling is meeting people from all over the world. Sitting in airports I heard so many different languages and saw so many different nationalities and it made me smile. It’s one of those things that really gives you perspective on the world.
The U.S. does have a reputation for being a bit inward looking and not really being aware of the rest of the world too much. A woman on one of my flights did nothing to shatter that reputation at all. Chatting to the flight attendant she said she’d just been to London, Paris and Greece. When he asked what was her favourite she replied “None. The U.S. is better.” OK then. She went on to say that she prefers ecological travel and those places were all too busy. So why bloody go there if you don’t like big cities? We all know that’s what London and Paris are!
I also heard a story about a Peruvian traveller who said he’d seen everything Barcelona and Berlin had to offer in a day each and there was nothing more to see. I really don’t get why some people travel. If they don’t appreciate all the wonderful things about seeing a new city or country, why leave home? He apparently only ate McDonalds while travelling because he didn’t trust any other food. Don’t they eat Guinea Pigs in Peru? Stay there and create some space in the cool places for those of us that like the challenge of stepping out of our comfort zones.
Some Australians are hideous to see representing our country. Don’t go to Bali expecting to be impressed by the general Australian you see there. It’s baffling to try and work out why people travel with such a narrow minded view of the world.