This house believes that travel broadens the mind this is a debate topic that i need to write about, i just need some ideas to get me started really. i am for this motion.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Travel definitely broadens the mind.  Remember that as the House side, you are in charge of setting up this debate.  You need strong reasons for why travel, and new experiences, lead people to change their views.  One way is that visiting a new place you see things done differently.  You can't have different views if you have only been exposed to one!

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When I was young a scientist friend of my father pointed out to me that there were, in his opinion, three important aspects to truly understanding (as distinct from knowing) about life; reading, the experience gathered by living longer, and travel.  It's been about a half century since then, and all my experience so far supports this.  The simple act of going away from home really does tend to broaden the mental horizon.

On the other hand, I once met a man who, although in his 80s, had never been anywhere farther than maybe five miles or so from the farm he was born on.  He was not well educated, but was intelligent and had reflected deeply on his experiences and observations.  In terms of understanding life and the world, he was about as sharp as anyone I've ever met.  Whether or not other people with similar life experience would have gathered as much knowledge from that experience, I can't say.  But I have known plenty of people who are well educated and well travelled but have apparently never bothered to think enough about their experiences to figure out much of anything.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I concur with the above posts, as well. Travel is so enriching, and as cburr comments, one does, indeed, gain a new perception on one's own environment.  This experience aids in understanding and respecting other customs, ways of expression, etc.

 However, I must add that I have met people for whom traveling wrought no change in them and this fact has long baffled me.  The only reason that I can find is in the quote by author Thomas Tryon:  "Narrow lives lead to narrow minds."  Those people unaffected by travel--some have even gone to Europe and returned with nothing but monosyllabic replies when asked about their visit--are from a rural, culturally-deprived environment, an environment in which their families have lived for generations.  Evidently, intellectual curiosity is not an attribute that has been fostered, and these people have such limited interests that places that they visit or new foods that they eat, etc. do not stimulate them in any way.

I regret to say that I am reminded of Luster Sexton of Erskine Caldwell's "Tobacco Road" who in his almost suicidal complacency refuses to move from his parched land on which he once sharecropped.  For, even though he is starving, he remains where he has always lived because this is where he always has lived when he could easily move to a nearby city where his children have found jobs in factories. 

Perhaps one needs a mind that has previously been expanded in order to expand it further with travel.

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charcunning | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

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Travel absolutely broadens the mind! It's one thing to read about different cultures and countries, but when you can hear the language, eat the food and talk to the citizens yourself, you learn so much more.

Travel broadens the mind too in the sense that when you experience different cultures, you are more accepting and willing to acknowledge differences in viewpoints and you become more open minded.

Whethere travel is overseas or in your own state or city, it enables you to learn and grow--the more you learn and grow, the more well-rounded you become and the more you become an informed citizen of the world!

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cburr | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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I agree with everything charcunning said, and have one other point to add.

When you travel, you look at your own home in a new light.  You come to appreciate things that you had taken for granted, and you learn to question whether other things are right or good.  You also learn new things that you can bring home to enrich or improve your life and the lives of others.

I must say, I wouldn’t want to have to argue the other side of this debate! They have the tougher challenge, I think.

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how should I convence the person on this topic and what view should I put forward

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epollock | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Travel provides a view out of the window on a journey that people would not otherwise notice. You find culture, values, and ways of life from looking out the window. Destinations allow for people to experience different cultures up close and personal. It allows the exposure to foreign languages, and differnt ways od doing things.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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You can highlight the following aspects of travel to support that contention that broadens the mind.

  1. Seeing and experiencing something is much more rich and intense learning experience than just reading or movies. Travel provides the opportunity for such direct learning.
  2. This kind of direct learning from the prejudices and selection preferences of a writer.
  3. Travel provides opportunity for actually interacting with different kind of people. This kind of interactions provide us with emotional experiences that bring maturity in our thinking and behavior.
  4. Travel breaks the routine of life. This also helps us to learn to deal with different kinds of situations and problems.
  5. Travel brings a change in our environment, and somehow this change itself helps to refresh our minds and soul.

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