People love traveling. When you travel, you are essentially a tourist, right? If you travel to a different city, you are still a tourist, not to mention a different country. With an increase in economical flights, cheap tickets, an easier way for everyone to find work, tourism has started to grow almost everywhere in the world. Host countries and cities are preparing better for tourists, establishing hostels and other types of accommodation which are much better and less expensive than hotels. But, with such an increase in tourism, is our society subject to change with that? Yes, it is, and here is how.
Tourists Bring Their Own Culture With Them
When we travel, we always bring something of our own country with us. We bring our language, for starters. With that, we also bring parts of our culture, from the part of the country we live in. We also bring our traditions, especially if we are there during the holiday season. If we are religious, then we bring our local religious rituals. But, we also bring our ways of comprehending something, our reality and our mentality. Some even bring music with them, musicians first, then music lovers. This is a large part of cultural exchange and will help the locals understand the tourist’s culture much more.
Locals Get Exposed to Everyone’s Cultures
For a local city to be visited by thousands of people means that they will get exposed to that many layers of culture. If those people are all from different parts of a different country, then you will learn about their own customs from that part of the country. Even a single country could have lots of variety which could teach locals a lot. The host country often tries its best to accommodate visitors and make everything easier for them. That being said, that is a change in itself, just because the people know that tourists will be coming.
Festivals and Cultural Exchanges – One and the Same
Whether it is a music festival, a festival of theater or any other type of festival, wine for example, people will come together. Good festivals attract people from all over the world, meaning that they will all be there to share and enjoy that one thing that binds them. That means a cultural exchange, in the least. For some people, these festivals mean meeting new friends, some of which they stay close to for a long time. Just look up local festivals and you will see that there are plenty of them which could attract people from all over the world. Expand your search and look up the nearest countries and you are more likely to meet even more people and broaden your horizons.
Tourism is a great thing for everyone. The ones doing the travel get to experience different countries and their cultures, first hand. They experience their cuisine, history, music and rituals. The host countries and cities experience such a huge variety of visitors, most of which have different ways of approaching the world. Tourism is changing us, and for the better.