Armchair tourists are the people that travel the world with their senses, with their minds. In some ways, we are all armchair tourists. We experience it when watch certain TV shows or movies, surfing the web, attending local international festivals, or even enjoying take-out. Armchair tourism brings us joy in our daily lives.
Responsible tourism allows us to travel with our best foot forward. Creating a global culture of respect for each other is about how we interact with each other and with our surroundings. Learning about other cultures gives us the chance to understand each other just a little better.
Before we dive in, I cannot stress enough how amazing the employees at outdoor/camping gear stores are. I always have a million questions and want to learn about new technologies and products, and these people have gone above and beyond every 👏 single 👏 time 👏 Gear sales people are the MVP’s when you’re planning a trip.
I had always been told that Israel was the safe space for Jews, that Israel was perfect. That I should be scared of Arabs and not believe the lies anyone else might try to tell me. I had a few friends in high school with whom I debated the Israel topic, including a Muslim friend who confided that she didn’t believe everything her uncle was telling her. No one ever truly contested what I had been taught about Israel.
Then, of course, I went to college.