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15 Delusions Article from Matador Network

15 Delusions Article from Matador Network

It might sound like a cliche, but traveling abroad truly is a life-changing experience. Experiencing other cultures opens our eyes to entirely new cultures, and gives us a fresh perspective on how we go about our own daily lives.  Often, when we come back from an extended period of time abroad, we resolve to live differently in some way or another. Some people decide to not be as materialistic; others want to pick up a new language, skill, or hobby inspired by their time in another country.

Great IdeasBut as we all know from New Year’s resolutions, sometimes we are really good at deluding ourselves.  Sometimes that can seem depressing, but if you shift your viewpoint a bit, these delusions can become hilarious stories.  And that’s what Sarah Katin does in her article “15 Delusions I’ve Had About Returning Home After Being Abroad.”

This article is fairly straightforward, and best read out loud, preferably with an earnest tone and straight face.  Doing this with friends who have also traveled becomes a hilarious exercise in self-awareness as we realize we are all guilty of the same earnest but doomed resolutions.

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15 Delusions I’ve Had About Returning Home After Being Abroad

Photo credit to waitbutwhy.com

Third World Article from Wait But Why

Third World Article from Wait But Why
Photo credit to waitbutwhy.com
Photo credit to waitbutwhy.com

Wait But Why is a blog about… everything.  The topics are random, the tone is  irreverent, and the author, Tim Urban, uses his own stick figures and graphs to illustrate his topics. His posts are so long, in-depth, and seriously researched that they are better described as essays than as traditional blog posts, and that, combined with the humorous topics, makes them absolutely hilarious.

Tim Urban knows what he’s talking about–he has traveled extensively and blogged about his experiences in other countries–but more important than that is the manner in which he presents each topic.  His drawings are laughably bad, and he makes liberal use of irony and hyperbole.

One of my favorite of these WBW essays, titled “Traveling To The Third World Is Great And Also It Sucks,” examines the impact traveling to a Third World country has on an average First World citizen.  He describes it as a combination of the enriching, jealousy-inducing experiences that people take pictures of and brag about to their friends, and the miserable aspects that many travelers won’t mention.  The combination of these elements creates a remarkably insightful examination of traveling abroad. His humorous article paints a realistic picture of what I imagine it would actually be like to spend time in a Third World country.

As an example, the fourth thing “a First Worlder can expect from a trip to a Third World country” is summed up as: “The culture is usually completely foreign to you and eye-opening and fascinating to learn about… [But] on the misery front… You might inadvertently horribly violate some cultural taboo.”  Overall, it’s a hilarious take on the impact travel to a Third World country can have on a First World citizen.

You can read the full article here:

Wait But Why: Traveling To The Third World Is Great And Also It Sucks