Cultural exploration is the process of learning and experiencing other people’s ways of living, customs, beliefs, and languages. Many schools, universities, public and private organisations, offer programs for interested individuals to explore other countries’ cultures through travelling.
Global culture exploration is more than what meets the eye. As complex as it may sound, it also comes with a lot of beautiful benefits. Culture is one of the most essential parts of our society. It influences our views, values, humour, hopes, loyalties, worries and fears. Culture also brings people together because once we explore, we will learn how much we have in common. We may see the world differently, but we know what it feels like to wake up in the morning and look forward to the adventures we will experience that day.
Our world is getting bigger richer, and more diverse culturally speaking. Understanding different cultures is much more than recognising and accepting our differences but it paves the way for a new world where we all stand together.
In an age where we can easily connect using the internet, people feel closer to each other though physically apart. We have new perspectives on how we see and understand other people’s cultures and beliefs. Most communities not only tolerate but celebrate diversity. However, there is an ongoing need to focus more on global communities that foster mutual understanding, learning, and growing together.
Here are some of the benefits of global culture exploration:
- Understanding cultures will help us accept diversity.
Knowing, understanding, and accepting that all of us are different will foster acceptance for other cultures. It will also allow us to embrace our differences and re-evaluate old beliefs. This will also help us see things on different and new perspectives.
- Learning new cultures will help us grow.
This will help you gain more knowledge about a certain culture and become an effective ally to a community by trying new experiences outside your comfort zone. In return, you can choose to carry that valuable knowledge and skills into all aspects of your life.
- Being knowledgeable will make us more culturally sensitive.
Learning a new culture is like learning a new language and once you’ve done the work to understand and connect with one, it’s easier to learn more about the culture. Increasing your cultural sensitivity and understanding about a new culture will help you to be more mindful and aware of other cultures out there and will push you to explore and learn more about different communities in the future. This can also make you more open to sharing your own culture with others who are interested.
- Removing and re-evaluating our biases towards other cultures and people.
Exploring different cultures will help us be more conscious and aware of our actions – from how we think, to how we say things, and even to the clothes we wear. And it doesn’t just make us re-evaluate our cultural biases, but it also makes us question our beliefs and see if they’re culturally appropriate. This will also make you be more open-minded and able to justify the changing of opinions and recognising other groups of people for who they are and be more empathic.
- Creating jobs and boosting tourism are also some of the great benefits of global culture exploration.
Cultural explorations made a significant contribution to different countries’ tourism industry. This opened new jobs for people and encouraged infrastructure development. The more people get curious, the more they’d be aware and go travel.
With the available resources online, feeling isolated and unaware of other cultures means you aren’t exerting efforts to know the people around you. If we are to take part in global cultural exploration, we can make this world a richer one for everyone.
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