During these days of social distancing and quarantining, I am publishing a travel-related word search each week. I will do so every Wednesday until we find our new normal and this is week #11. While taking your mind off COVID-19 news, I encourage you to focus on what’s happening in our society and your own community. Download this free printable word search with the theme of Unity.
This Week’s Printable Word Search
When I started blogging well over 15 years ago, travel bloggers were reluctant to discuss politics and social issues. I’ve learned over the years, travel, politics, and social issues go hand-in-hand. One reason, we have a platform to share our views.
Two, through travel we can learn about other cultures with first-hand experiences and speaking with locals. We build relationships with people we meet during our journeys, whether abroad, across the country or our own backyard. Paraphrasing travel expert Rick Steves, the best souvenir is a broader perspective.
Building Pockets of Peace
No matter how different cultures are from our own, we discover the more we speak with others during our travels, the more we have in common than differences. Sometimes, brief encounters lead to longtime friendships. Whether for a day or a lifetime, these connections build bridges to cultural understandings and create pockets of peace.
Here’s a challenge. When traveling, take it upon yourself to act as an unofficial ambassador for your country. This means, putting your best foot forward and remembering you may be the first person from your country they’re meeting. You never get another chance to make a first impression. Ask questions and listen. As I’ve blogged before, I encourage you to read Rick Steves’ Travel as a Political Act and use it as reference during your quest for building pockets of peace.
Our country is hurting and I feel the divide widening. I do not have a silver bullet to fix it, no one does. I do believe we can be better listeners and find common ground with those we deem different from us. And of course, work on creating pockets of peace at home and abroad. To that extent, this week’s theme is Words of Unity.
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