Believe it or not, politics and tourism are intertwined. Tourism is, no doubt, a major player in the world economy. However, many travellers plan their trip to popular destinations without exploring others. There are many factors that play a critical role in our choice of destination. These include weather conditions, entertainment, budget and even political issues.
When it comes to world tourism, US travellers are a key player. On average, families in the US budget about $2,500 on travel annually. Also, millions of people from different parts of the world vacation in the US as well and for good reasons – attractions, accommodations, theme parks, beaches, monuments and many more.
The political state of any country has a significant impact on tourism. For instance, in 2017 the number of tourists visiting America decreased by 4%. Why? Because of certain policies. The country has made it difficult for citizens of certain countries to get a visa. Also, the number of visitors to the UK also dropped significantly due to the Brexit saga.
Some policies can have a significant impact on an individual’s decision to visit a country. That said, we can’t rule out the significance of travel in the world today. Travel offers you the opportunity to broaden your perspective. Don’t be discouraged. No matter what you read or hear about a country, getting the most out of your vacation is a possibility. Here are some tips to consider:
Connect with locals
One way to enjoy a remarkable vacation experience is to get up close and personal with locals. Connect with people and learn more about the local culture. Stay closer to the people by booking accommodation via popular vacation rental sites like Airbnb. Alternatively, you can try Couchsurfing. Avoid luxury restaurant. Instead, try the local eateries, enjoy a cup of coffee in a local café or sip your favourite cocktail in a local bar. This is a great way to make new friends and get answers to whatever questions you might have about the local culture.
Stay Updated with Local Happenings
Don’t be blinded by the attractions and fun-filled activities. While vacationing in a foreign land, read local news. Some countries have a local newspaper stand where locals gather to deliberate on political issues. Don’t be a bystander, make your contributions. What’s going on in the news? What’s the current situation there? Are there any hot issues that concern a larger part of that society? Listen to local radio stations or news channels. Think about how all societies are on parallel evolutionary tracks.
Find Ways to Make the World a Better Place
The world is full of travails and tribulations. Many people are in need of desperate help. As a traveller, you are more exposed to happenings in the outside world. You have the opportunity to experience what’s outside your borders. While travelling, your ambassadorial responsibilities kick starts. Imagine yourself as a servant sent out by his king to learn more about the outside world. Make your trip an investment to making the world a better place.
Many people are afraid of travelling outside the walls of their country. Fear is for people who don’t spend much time exploring the world. Travel brings understanding; it helps us gain empathy for humanity.
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