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How James Meeker defied the conventional definition of travel by promoting cultural awareness

James Meeker

Many scholars have defined what the word ‘travel’ is, which we are all aware of. On the other hand, Mark Twain reminds us that, “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.”

In short, traveling helps us recognize our privilege, understand our culture, and free ourselves from the rotten thoughts of bigotry, prejudice, and other social stigmas.

James Meeker, a popular traveler, and photojournalist, expressed his thoughts on his instagram blog on what surprised him while traveling. For him, getting to know people and understanding the community and practices has been one of the factors that drove him to continue traveling. The joyful tales of success and pride, the wallowing stories about loss and grief, every story he encountered presented him with a unique opportunity to learn and grow.

It was immediately after a sudden epiphany that James decided to leave the comforts of his house to pursue an adventurous life. He soon abandoned that life and left his place to start his first endeavor. Though each and every journey has attached him with tons of memories and several breakthroughs, James still finds excitement in planning his next trip.

Committing yourself to such a nomadic lifestyle can be excruciating. But despite this, he has always experienced warmth from the strangers that he has met throughout his travels. He believes each of these souls has helped him create an improved version of himself. To reciprocate the love and kindness they show to him, James enriches them with the most interesting life stories of kindness and virtues in return.

James has been a true inspiration for all the travel aspirants around the globe. He advises his fellow enthusiasts to save every dime, and explore the places as soon as they have enough for the trip. Though initially, it may seem like a rollercoaster, it gets better with experience.

If you’re looking to plan that next trip soon, check out James’ Instagram for travel inspiration. His feed features all the amazing places, culture and food he’s experienced across the world. Follow him on Instagram @globallyjames to find more of his daily adventures and travels.

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