18 September 2007

Travel as a Political Act

I would probably still be a right-wing Mann Coulter or Michelle Malkin wannabe today, if it were not for my travels, which opened my world up to a whole slew of new ways of thinking and influences.

Travel guru Rick Steves says the same thing, in essence, turning from a hardcore Reaganite to a hardcore progressive as he explored Europe and beyond, for work and for pleasure. He says that America would be a much better place - and a much better global citizen - if Americans actually cared to travel abroad, and take in the local culture at the destination.

Below is a wonderful interview he recently did for the Seattle Times. Fellow blogger DiAnne Grieser shared this interview on her own blog and on Democracy Cell Project.

Seattle Times