Traveling gives more understanding – Sharon

Sharon

What’s your name?

My name is Sharon but people call me Roxy 😉

Which is your country?

I’m from Dublin, Ireland

We understand you’ve travelled outside your country of origin. What was the attraction?

I began traveling when I turned 18 and finished school. Adventure was calling and I was tired of seeing the same thing everyday. I knew there was so much more out there in the world to see and do, different types of people to meet and cultures to experience; so I packed my bags and began moving from country to country working whatever job I could along the way in order to support myself and my chosen lifestyle. I ended up living on the road for 12 years but I have now returned home to Ireland to settle down and build a future here for myself.

Could you compare the various countries you visited to your home country?

I found from constantly moving around that when you first arrive in a new place, everything is so fresh and new to you that at first it seems great. It’s not until you stay a while and begin to settle that you start to see all of the same problems you associate with your hometown. So if the question is asking which country is better or worse, I’ve come to understand that they are all the same. The only real differences lie in the culture, language, religion and climate of each country. To which there can be 1001 comparisons made 😉

If you have another opportunity, would you still go?

Yes! Traveling was the greatest decision I ever made and I will always stand by it. Traveling helped me to open my mind and to see the world from many different points of view. Nothing on this earth is simply black and white and I think it’s a very important lesson to learn that not many people really understand. It also helped me to grow my moral compass, for instance, I will never litter after seeing the devastation that pollution is causing in Indonesia; I will never squander my money after seeing the poverty that people in Madagascar live through; and I will never take part in arguments or violence over who owns a country when I saw the discrimination and disrespect shown to the First Nations people in Canada, as we must remember that there was always someone on this land before us.

What have you learned?

See above!

Would you advice other people to travel out of their countries?

Yes, of course

Why?

I suppose for all the reasons mentioned above. I think that if you only experience a very small piece of what this earth has to offer then you will never grow as a person and meet your full potential. I also think if more people traveled and experienced how other people lived then we could live in more peace together as we would understand each other better. I think reading books and hearing other peoples stories are great but they cannot compare to actually living and experiencing these things for oneself.

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