According to the U.S. Travel Association, 2.2 billion Americans took one or more trips in 2015. With so many Americans traveling throughout the duration of a year, an equal number of intercultural experiences take place. With several studies showing that experiencing different cultures can help lead to an open mind, the mission is to aid tourists in becoming global citizens. The goal of this project is to see different parts of the world and explore different cultures, in the hopes that these trips can be more than just a vacation, but a lesson.
“Travel is prejudice to bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” -Mark Twain
For me, travel has always played a large part in my life. In June of 2016, I quit my full-time job for the opportunity to study abroad in Italy. While there, I was given a true Italian experience, studying in a remote location in the Apennine Mountains. Our task for the course was to find someone with a story worth telling and tell it. Overall, it was so transformational that I didn’t want to stop there. I know that everyone has a story to tell, and that there is a lot that can be learned from those stories. So, join me on my journey to creating a global change by taking the global exchange.