Experiencing other cultures means a better understanding of the world around us. Coming from the States, it’s a culture shock entering Israel, yet it’s a rather easy transition in some senses. A language barrier, difficulty adjusting to the dating scene and even parties are somewhat of a culture shock for me.
But I learned something very important: I was sheltered.
I didn’t experience other cultures and countries enough to understand just how different everything was, from food to holidays and the work life. The good news is that a record number of Israelis traveled in the summer of 2016.
Low airfares are helping entice people to travel, and some 1.92 million people went through the Ben-Gurion airport in July, with August figures that year reaching 2 million. The main difference maker was the number of Israelis that chose to travel overseas.
People are experiencing other cultures more now than in the past.
This is important because experiencing other cultures is interesting. You can sit and talk to people that you’re sure you’ve never met. Customs are almost always different, so you’re able to sit down and learn how one culture prepares food, spends time with their friends and even views the world.
It beats sitting in the house watching television.
Religion is always an eye-opening aspect of every culture. For example, Sikkim tour packages allow for a unique view into monasteries and other Indian religions.
It’s a time to stimulate your mind.
You’ll learn to think in new ways, and you’ll learn how to be tolerant of others, too. This is a major milestone for many people that have trouble trying to develop sympathy for others. If you meet the people of a country, sit down and talk with them, it’s a lot easier to understand their point of view on topics.
It’s easy to foster understanding when you see conflicts and misunderstandings from another point of view. You’ll find that it’s difficult to justify hatred when you can relate to another culture.
Sometimes, we’re blinded by the way that we do things. A simple trip to Italy taught me just how different their culture is than in the United States. I met friends who worked all day and night, and with even this limited time, they still spent time with their friends at 2am or 3am in the morning.
Many friends would take a nap, wake up and go out just to have a drink with their friends.
It was an eye-opening experience where I learned that other cultures value their time with friends. In the States, this is not as common. I can’t remember sleeping early, waking up in the middle of the night and going out to spend time with my friends who worked all day.
A sense of community can be found in many of these cultures, and it’s this community that really shapes what we learn from others.
Israelis, and everyone around the world, are much better off when they understand other cultures, spend time outside of their comfort zones and learn to love traveling.