- May 12, 2020
Itis impossible to learn new things in a more entertaining and uniqueway except by traveling. In her article, Penelope Trunk states thatthere are better ways to experience new things, which does notnecessarily include traveling. She suggests that someone could take awalk in their local forest rather than go on a safari in Africa andstill have a better learning experience (Trunk).Trunk also claims that it is not necessary to travel the world toexperience different customs since cultural differences boil down toeconomic disparities. Trunk argues that there is no need to travel ifone is satisfied with their life. Besides, she asserts that peoplewho love everything in their lives have no need to visit any otherplace. Lastly, Trunk adds that traveling does not leave a person withenough time for deep reflection of their desires in life thus, it isan unnecessary distraction from life’s goals (Trunk).Contrary to Trunk’s assertions, traveling is the most efficient andenjoyable method to learn and experience different cultures in theworld and add to one’s knowledge.
allows a person to learn new languages and experience about differentcultures. It is linked to interaction with people who use differentlanguages, and the situation offers an opportunity to have anauthentic experience of those individuals. While it is possible tolearn new languages in class and through books, these mediums do notteach intonations, slang, and vocal expressions that are unique to acertain culture or community (Neumann and Ansgar 12). Moreover, thereare certain aspects of language that differ between countries. Forexample the Spanish speakers in Spain sound different those inMexico (Neumann and Ansgar 15). Hence, it is easy to overlook thedistinction unless someone has traveled and interacted with thepeople in these regions. Therefore, direct contact and conversationswith native speakers offer an experience that cannot be learned usingany other approach.
also exposes people to new types of foods as well as eating habits.Food is one of the most important aspects of culture and the way acommunity eats provides insight into their traditions and way oflife. Some hotels offer exotic cuisines, but the meals do not comewith the experience of preparation or eating mannerisms that one getsby traveling to the place of origin. Sharing a meal with locals in aforeign country can be an eye opener to the cultural significance ofthose meals, but in hotels, the food can be taken at any timeaccording to the customers’ preferences. Certain meals are onlyconsumed during ceremonies and festivals and have a great culturalsignificance to the community. Besides, some pre-meal and post-mealrituals are exclusive to particular communities in the world. Forexample, in Italy, people take a walk after the Sunday lunch becauseit is usually a long and drawn out affair as per the Italian culturewhile in Spain, it is common for people to sleep for as short periodafter lunch (Neumann and Ansgar 22). Thus, this kind of exposure toculture cannot be experienced in an Italian or Spanish restaurant.
Readingabout other countries while in the comfort of one’s home does notgive the same authenticity that traveling presents. Culture can beunderstood through the learning of people’s history. For example,traveling to Africa offers an opportunity to interact and learnhistory from other people’s experiences in the native, isolatedtribes. This is in contrast to learning through books, which can beskewed to favor the author’s country of origin or leave out somesmall, but significant facts. Exploration of different parts of theworld can give new insights into people’s past, which could explaina lot about the present. Visiting a foreign country gives a chance ofobserving indigenous art, music, study events that shaped a nation,and experience hidden landmarks (Neumann and Ansgar 37). Dissecting aculture’s history offers an understanding of the social habits,politics, and motivations of the society.
Inconclusion, traveling is the most effective and enjoyable method tolearn and experience different cultures in the world and add to one’sknowledge. Whenever possible, people should travel to various partsof the world, which are within their budget to experience diversecultures. A person can learn about other customs from books andvideos, but the experience is not as authentic and exciting asinteracting with those cultures. Furthermore, the interactions helpto answer some of the questions about their traditions, which is notpossible through other learning methods. The memories are alsolong-lasting unlike learning where people forget what they read allthe time, but having the real experience remains imprinted in one’sbrain forever, especially because they are pleasing memories.Additionally, it helps travelers experiencing the culture of acertain society through their food. offers the opportunityto sample authentic food while experiencing the etiquette ofdifferent communities during meal time. Indigenous forms of art andtexts can also provide an insight into the politics and social habitsits people.Therefore,Trunk’s dismissal of the importance of traveling in learningdiverse cultures is ill advised. Her assertion that culturaldifferences are as a result of the economic differences in thesociety is also misleading. Consequently, traveling is considered bymany as a leisure activity, but it can also be a way to learn aboutthe numerous cultures that exist in the world.
Neumann,Birgit, and Ansgar Nunning. TravellingConcepts for the Study of Culture.Boston: De Gruyter, 2012. Print.
Trunk,Penelope. 4Reasons traveling is a waste of time.17 Aug. 2009. Web. 20 Nov. 2016.