Mark Twain: ‘Travel is Fatal to Prejudice, Bigotry, and Narrow-mindedness’

(SDN) — Travel offers many benefits!

Just Google “benefits of travel” and you’ll see and know what travelers such as Mark Twain learned and shared to fellow sojourners.

You may want to find them out for your yourself; for your enlightenment, for travels lighten one’s burden — especially burdens that weigh heavy on the mind.

Mark Twain, Samuel Clemens for those still not familiar, from his “The Innocents Abroad” says of the benefits of travel, he himself a traveling man of the highest kind:

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” (Source: Travel and Leisure.com)

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Another one from the author of highly popular “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”:

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“I have found out there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” (From same source above)

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Dictionary.com defines travel as: “To go from one place to another, as by car, train, plane, or ship.” Needless to say, going from one point to another on foot can also qualify as travel, traveling.

If migration qualifies as travel, then it is safe to say our long, long lost ancestors the hominids were Planet Earth’s first travelers as they migrated from Africa to Europe and Asia and settled.

“Between 70,000 and 100,000 years ago, Homo sapiens began migrating from the African continent and populating parts of Europe and Asia. They reached the Australian continent in canoes sometime between 35,000 and 65,000 years ago.” (Source: Khan Academy.org)

In fact, the Philippines was a destination of distinct species of hominids called Homo luzonensis which the bright men and the women, anthropologists at the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman, Quezon City, had unearthed.

Travels also come with wonderful benefits, including health.

From http://www.dumblittleman.com, here are “10 Wonderful Benefits of Traveling,” from trying other places than that of of confines of your own, home, community, city, country.

Let’s remember them as scientists have also found out traveling’s health benefits.

Of course, you may still search on Google.

  • Improve Social Communication Skills
  • Ensures Peace of Mind
  • Helps You Get olOriginal and Creative Thoughts
  • Broaden Your Horizons
  • Enhances Your Tolerance for Uncertainty
  • Boosts Your Confidence
  • Creates Memories for Lifetime
  • Helps You Have Fun
  • Aids You (To) Get To Know Yourself

For many travelers, they take to the road because “we simply like to travel.”

Whatever other reasons that people leave their homes to visit other places, one thing is common: they love to travel.

On the other hand, a traveler needs to pay attention to preparations: like making sure you bring along your medicines if you are taking regularly for some health conditions; one other thing, be sensitive to culture of the people you are going to visit (this could spell a great experience for you, or create animosity if you do not respect, or at least you are not familiar with, their culture; if you need to ask something, for some information, direction, go ahead and don’t be shy.

Most of all, don’t get yourself in trouble, be friendly and others will be friendly with you.

“I can stand any society,” Mark Twain said of his travels. “All that I care to know is that a man is a human being — that is enough for me; he can’t be any worse.”

So, what are you waiting for, go travel if the pandemic allows.

Travel light! (✓)

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