Travel: an engine of past revolutions
Travelling has been the engine of many past revolutions. The Latin American independence movement was fueled by experiencing first hand the transformations that the Enlightenment produced in Europe. Simon Bolivar (Venezuela), Juan Pablo Duarte (Dominican Republic) & Jose Martí (Cuba), to name a few, shaped the national expectations of their countrymen using their experience abroad.
Today’s world is more connected than two centuries ago. Information technology makes us feel closer than ever and Globalization gives us access to most of the knowledge produced. New experiences are just one click away and people are brought together to fight for global causes. Nonetheless, travel continues to play its role: shaping our expectations, although now on a global scale.
In the past we fought to be alike. In the present we fight to strike a balance between what makes us a “global village” and what make us individual cultures and societies. This balancing act requires that we redefine our understanding of diversity and destroy all the taboos that forbid us from doing so. For this exercise to be succesful, future generations must indulge in travel for the sake of preserving the cultural, natural and social diversity that is the heritage of our planet.
Thanks to Miguel for this contribution.
Your Travellution Team