Although many world citizens are keenly interested in who we are and how we live, there are just as many who don’t quite get us. Some nations and their people frown on our culture and politics. There’s a lot of history and politics underneath the unwelcome mat, but in the least, know there are problems. The United States is an economic and political powerhouse, but this doesn’t mean we are the end-all be-all of human existence. In fact, we make up only a sliver of the planet’s peoples. David Smith, author of If the World Were a Village, shrunk the earth’s population to a “global village” of100 people and kept all the existing ratios. In this “global village,” there’d only be 5 U.S. citizens.
We hope to inspire you to hit the road with your bags packed and your brain open. Loosen up your mind and take note of the culture swirling around you. Give your jaw a rest and learn by sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. You’ve got five senses –– use them all. You have the potential to change the way people view U.S. citizens. Learn how to be a great world traveler –– with knowledge, resourcefulness and sensitivity.