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Great video! Made some very good points which were clearly explained and I’d imagine would be able to be digested by a wide audience. Thinking back on my travels, including months of backpacking around Southeast Asia and road-tripping in North America, I’ve come to realise that the most meaningless parts were the nights spent in party hostels with other privileged wealthy young people and the time spent visiting the “checklist” locations mentioned in the video. The most meaningful moments, the ones that I feel genuinely added something to my worldview, always involved unplanned and kind-hearted interactions with locals. Moments like couch surfing at the home of a mixed-race couple in Jackson, Mississippi and learning about their experiences with racism in modern America, experiencing the kindness of Nepali strangers who insisted I stay at their house after missing a bus late at night in the mountains, or having some kids teach me how to count to 10 in Bahasa Indonesia by watching fishing boats sail by their town. Of course, I can get the same interactions by being nice to people where I live now, so I don’t think I need to travel overseas to experience these moments, but I do see much more clearly now that one of the things I truly value, no matter where I am in the world, is just people being good to other people.


Thanks for sharing your experience


Nice video thanks for sharing. I also had the privilege to be able to travel in my 20s and this touched on most of the feelings I had and have about it.


Well what stinks about Materialism is people care about things or status more than people. The beauty of traveling is meeting different people. I would not deprive yourself of that joy because you’re last trip was rolled up in insecurities.


Once upon a time, almost a decade ago, I backpacked across Europe through most of the summer of 2014. To me, this started off super excited, as I didn't know anyone from the US who'd ever traveled in such a way. After 4 months, I came home, mostly excited to tell people about all the checklists and things that I did and to just gloat and show off. Over time, I came to realize that I don't think I enjoyed any of it. I don't even think much of it was an authentic experience outside a few hardcore music festivals. Which I could easily have attended such events in the US. Otherwise, I could always sense my role as a “tourist” wherever I went. Every so often, I think about traveling again. I just can't bring myself to do it. Part of it is the fact that regardless of where I go, there I am. I cannot escape myself. This video hones in on another aspect, no matter where I go, capitalism and exploitation will follow.


Thank you for sharing. One of the most eye opening moments of my life happened while I was in Nicaragua. My wife booked us a few days at a coffee plantation. I raised my eyebrows at the word 'plantation' but went along with it, thinking maybe it wasn't an actual plantation. I was wrong. I saw workers making less than a dollar a day while living in a company town where the company paid everyone on the same day and had people out selling wares that may or may not be worth anything. I walked a tour with the owner's son and had some workers spit at my feet after the owner passed. They lived in squalor while we had nice rooms and a nice place to eat with a nice view. I haven't traveled abroad for other reasons since but this experience left me deep in thought about exactly what you've questioned.


Really insightful video, thanks for sharing!