Thursday, June 11, 2009

Can Travel Change the World? 6/11

Carly Yuenger

..or at least ourselves?

Travel writer Rick Steves joins us today to talk about his new book, Travel as a Political Act. Most of us know how to travel for pleasure and relaxation, but what might it mean to travel to make ourselves better people? Better citizens?

The world is a complicated place and it might be hard to imagine how traveling can make it any clearer. Many of us have had an experience of traveling and happening upon something that is difficult for us to relate to. But does even this experience have some value to it?

Has traveling ever brought a profound political experience for you? What does culture shock feel like and what can it tell us about ourselves? What have you learned from becoming a foreigner?

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