It seems no matter what part of the world you’re in, the United States and its politics are splattered all over the news. It’s hard to escape it. Whichever side of the spectrum you’re on, there’s no denying that President Donald Trump is dominating the news cycle and passions are running high.
Between constant bickering about politics on social media and the overflow of news into our daily lives, maybe it’s time to take a break from it, try new things, and book your next trip. Here’s five reasons it’s a great time for Americans to travel abroad.
The world isn’t as scary as it seems on TV. Hearing about terrorist attacks all over the world can cause people to be scared to leave the comforts of their own home. Sometimes when friends and family members find out I’ll be traveling by myself in Europe, they voice concerns of my safety. Yes, you should be careful, but you should be careful when you’re at home too. I’ve often felt safer in certain areas abroad then I do when I’m in the US.
Meeting people who are different to you is beneficial. It’s easy to go along with your day-to-day life and only interact with people who think the same as you do. But that doesn’t make you think about your beliefs and really delve into why you believe certain things or think a certain way. Interacting with people who think differently than you can allow you to see things with a new eye.
Having insightful conversations with people can be productive. Current events are an easy ice breaker when chatting with strangers. As an American, there will be times you’ll get asked about US politics and what your thoughts are on Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. Even if someone doesn’t agree with you (especially if they don’t), listen and try to understand where they’re coming from. I’m not saying you will, but it doesn’t hurt to try. I know I need to work on this.
Get away from politics. There is a constant stream of politics on Facebook feeds and the news. Take a break from it all. We know we all need it. Go abroad and turn your phone off. Don’t use the TV in your hotel, or even better, stay in accommodation that doesn’t have a television. Just go out and explore a foreign city or spend some time in the great outdoors.
Broaden your horizons. It’s easy to get stuck in your own bubble and get in the habit of doing the same things day in and day out. Do something different. Have new experiences. Instead of sitting on your couch watching the news with a cup of coffee, visit a coffee plantation in Colombia or enjoy a cappuccino at a local cafe in Italy. Or start closer to home with a trip to a farmer’s market or explore an area of your city you haven’t been to.
Do you agree that now is a great time for Americans to travel abroad? Why or why not?