Travel Is Fun And Broadens The Mind

How does travel broaden our minds..?

How does travel broaden our minds..?

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kapokkid eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are a number of ways that travel can broaden one's mind.  One of my favorites is the opportunity to learn new languages.  Given that different cultures have widely varying views on what is important and how to go about living life, learning another language can give invaluable insight into these differences and help to suggest alternatives to one's own view of life.

Another way that travel can help to broaden one's mind is simply to humble a traveler.  Given the difficulties that arise from not knowing a language or a situation where one needs help to get by, the traveler learns more about their own limitations and that help is often necessary, a good way to broaden one's mind.

litlady33 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think the experience of new cultures is a huge benefit of travel. People see things they otherwise would not see and are opened to new perspectives. Traveling is a great way to see that not everyone does things the way I do it, and not everyone believes the same things I do. Additionally, our minds are broadened by the simple absorption of information, images, memories, etc.

Beyond that, travel can broaden the mind by simply being a challenging thing that causes us to think critically and problem solve. When we travel, we have to figure out a budget, map out an itinerary, and do many other things that require a great deal of thought and planning.

wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I think any exposure to differences from our own every day lives can broaden our minds. Travel certainly provides this. When we travel, we experience new and different things. We experience other ideas and other values. We also see different social norms and different lifestyles. We also see different parts of the world and different sides of nature. Experiencing a different landscape or different activites can also broaden our minds. Travel allows us to experience new things as well as new sides to ourselves. We might see something new in ourselves or discover new interests.
pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I don't think that travel does broaden the mind unless it is the right kind of travel, done in the right way.  If you travel somewhere and all you do there is lie on the beach and go shopping, how will that broaden your mind?  Travel will only do this if travelers engage in activities that are actually meant to broaden the mind.  They would have to actually go and interact with the local culture instead of simply staying at a resort and enjoying the climate.

literaturenerd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have to agree that travel broadens our minds given that we, as travelers, are opened up to different ideologies, cultures, and basic ways of living. In travels, people can learn new languages, about new foods, new concepts, and new perspectives. With all of this new knowledge, it is obvious that travel will broaden the mind.

kiwi eNotes educator| Certified Educator

We gain a greater understanding of ourselves as aspecies when we travel to other countries and experience their social, cultural, political and architectural developments in relation to our own. By travelling, we get a clearer sense of where we come from, what we stand for and who we are in relation to others.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Travel broadens our minds because we can see a different way of doing things.  We tend to accept the status quo and like the way things are done because that is the only way we know.  When you travel, it humbles you.  You see that things can be done differently.

vangoghfan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Travel broadens minds that are open; it may only confirm the prejudices of those with closed minds. However, if one travels with the idea of being receptive to new ideas, new people, new experiences, new cultures, etc., travel can definitely broaden one's mind.

atyourservice | Student

It helps open ourselves to new cultures. When you travel you see things and custom you have never seen before, and you get to learn about a whole other world.

udonbutterfly | Student

When you are traveling different countries you have to keep an open mind because things you know as normal may not be norm or probably the exact opposite to what you are used to. Keeping your mind open allowsfor you to decrease in probability of offending or misunderstanding a culture which creates for an even better time. Also you learn of different cultures and become accustomed to new custom.

melissa1106 | Student

Travel can broaden our minds in different ways. It can open us to new culture and methods of life we never knew. It can help us learn new languages, try new foods, and learn about old traditions and customs. We do not always think of how other get by and travel can help us understand what we dont see on a daily basis.

maria-vivanco | Student

Traveling can broaden mind in several ways. we become openminded about other cultures. You see how they live and how they act. You also become able to interact better with other cultures because you are exposed to that. 

traveling allows us to see lives of other people, feel other people's cultures, allows us to understand how they live, what things they believe in. it broadens our minds and allows us to think up of things that we never really thought about, it puts us in other peoples shoes and allows us to experience the problems they face. 

arrellbelle | Student

Imagine the way your life is right now, you talk to people in the same language, you celebrate the same holidays that they may celebrate, you are a witness to everyday social events or occurrences. However, when you travel abroad, you are witness to something entirely different, a brand new language, a new set of people with different cultures, traditions, and religions. You are a witness to their living history that has been passed down from generation to generation. You are no longer depending on what you already know, but learning from the unknown.

zumba96 | Student

It lets us view different and new places of wonders and lets us see what is beyond our everyday life. If you visit a new culture and learn about it you can even become more open minded

kokoloko19 | Student

Travelling abroad can broadens one's mind in many ways . First ,it gives us the opportunity to learn new language can help us communicate with others , exchange ideas with them and find alternatives to our own view of life . Second , travelling abroad provides us with the opportunity to discover different cultures . This experience , in fact , is a huge benefit of travelling in the sense that it helps us to be opened to new perspectives and experience different  social norms and different lifestyles .

mjay25 | Student

I agree very much with post 10

Travel, for those who are open-minded, (sometimes travel can help people become open-minded) exposes a person to ways of life and understandings of it very much different from their own. This exposes them to new ideas, experiences, ways of seeing things, and not from one perspective, but from the 'other' side at times. Even if the person disagrees with the different sytems and ways, they 'accept' others are different.


siret | Student

Travelling broadens your mind because  you get the chance to meet peole, learn about differen religions, languages and types of food. When a number of different ideologies are set before you you get the chance to think on a broader scale. 

jackskellington999 | Student

Travel can open one's mind to the cultures and situations around the globe. It is important to see and experience understanding of life outside our own.

It can also make you more aware of those better or worse off with you. Infact, travelling can even inspire you to take up a new hobby/religion/culture etc.

bhawanipur | Student

Travelling is one of my hobbies though I have not travelled abroad. Inside the country itself it bring us into contact of people various personalities with different view points. I am of the habit of talking to them and try to know wha they believe and think about different subjects and share. As you know, India is vast country with many states and they they have their own culture and language. Therefore, its very tough to interact with many people specially the villagers. Yet how lovely they are! They become happy at rendering service to strangers. Its really a colorful India. Thus we are benefited acquiring knowledge on social, political, new technology and even rligious beliefs of other people. The more you interact with people leaving your ego behind, the more you become happy. Moreover, while travelling we confront with various situations like odd and astounding. To deal with them we need to find out some solutions. These situations teach us much.