No matter where you travel, you are undoubtedly going to experience a different culture.. even if it’s just crossing State lines or going to a different city or town.
Every place has its own identity that makes it unique
In New Zealand, you can definitely tell the differences separating each of the four major cities: Auckland is very cosmopolitan and has a large ethnic diversity; Wellington has a cool, hip vibe to it; Christchurch is (was) very English in its layout; and Dunedin, known as a ‘University Town’ has a large student population.
It’s the same no matter where you go. Just because you’re moving around the same country, doesn’t mean you aren’t going to experience a different culture in each new place you visit.
What is great about it is that you don’t have to travel to far away places to experience a world that is completely different to yours.
In recent years, mostly through this blog, I have been exposed to a lot of people who want to travel but for various reasons are finding it hard to. I use to have the mindset of “if you want to go then go, the only thing holding you back is you”. I have recently changed my tune on this and have been trying to promote travel wherever/whenever you can – that might simply be going to a neighbouring city or even to a suburb in your own city that you haven’t visited before.
Yes travelling overseas (and sometimes within your own country) can be a privilege. It is expensive and yeah, I could be using the money I’ve spent on travel on something, something more tangible.
I travel because I want to.
I travel because I want to escape my life for just one moment.
I travel because I don’t know what else to do.
I think it’s in my blood.
I travel because I want to experience other cultures. Other points of view. To learn from/about people I wouldn’t normally come across in my every day life.
But it doesn’t mean I have to leave the country, or even the city, to experience different cultures.