I call this site The New Travel Blog, not because it’s new, but because it offers a new travel blog experience.
I want to show people that travel isn’t just an endless vacation. It’s a chance to leave a lasting impression. To make the world a better place. To change the very essence of who you are.
As a human being, I have no greater desire than to create and share meaningful stories.
What is a meaningful story?
A meaningful story is a story that leaves an emotional impact. An impact that could lead the reader to enact a change. A change that could make the world a slightly better place.
I can’t do it on my own. I can talk about treating strangers like friends. I can share a new travel philosophy. But without my audience, I have nothing. It’s you that helps turn this into a movement. It’s you that gives this a greater impact than any single person could ever have.
What is your new travel philosophy?
The ability to see strangers as friends you have not met yet. The ability to live with more empathy and compassion for others. To treat people based on their actions, not their looks or any other superficial prejudice.
Be done with racism and tribalism. Now is the time to come together, now is the time for truth and acceptance of all.
What does that have to do with travel?
I firmly believe that it’s impossible to have racism and hate if you open yourself up to a life of budget-travel. Each time you interact with locals from a different culture, you become a changed person. If you have enough of these encounters, it’s impossible to believe that despite our differences, we are all one and the same at our core.
We all have the same hopes, the same fears, the same dreams, the same anxieties. We have just come from very different backgrounds. But you will find that most people, all around the world, are good.
What about those who aren’t good? Those who are truly evil or hateful?
I do not deny that there are those who want to make the world a scarier place. But rather than fearing them, we must live with less fear. That is the only true way to defeat the evil and hate in the world.
We must open up to those who have had doors closed upon them for too long. We must break down barriers between the rich and the poor, the West and the East, the tourist and the local, the old and the new. We must unite. We must care.
You might say that this is too much to ask of a travel blog. You might say, as some have told me, that travel is about relaxing in the sun, not changing the world. If that is your view, you will find many blogs that agree with you. But not this one.
I’m Dan, and this is The New Travel. Welcome.