When did I begin to fall in love with travel? Perhaps on the same day I realized how different other parts of the world are from Taiwan. Or perhaps when I realized that even within the same city each nook and cranny can vary considerably. I often wonder, if I was born in another country, would I essentially be the same person I was destined to be or due to cultural and social differences become somebody completely unrecognizable?
It seems clear that it’s the latter. Why else would each place have its own unique culture? Travelling allows us the opportunity to observe and experience these cultural differences first-hand.
When you first set foot in an unfamiliar city, you undoubtedly will feel nervous, excited, uneasy and completely taken in by the novelty of the experience. If you return to the same place afterwards, besides the aforementioned feelings, you may also feel a sense of familiarity and also of conflict- this arises because after the feeling of novelty passes, we begin to notice the differences between our current environment and what we’re used to. This is nothing other than culture shock. ... 【繼續閱讀】