Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Rick Steves on Faithful Travel

I've read some criticism of Rick Steves and his tours, but watching this video he did on faithful travel, I find a lot to admire about him. I usually don't watch videos over 5 minutes on YouTube, but this one held my interest for the full 12 minutes and gave me a lot to think about.

Rick talks about how difficult it is for most Americans to go outside their comfort zone and travel in developing countries, but how important it is to see what is going on in the world.

If you do visit a developing country, he hopes you will travel with an open mind. When you return home, remember your experience and let it influence how you live.

Rick would like to see people become more active citizens, helping to support peace and justice in the world. He doesn't give specifics, but I imagine this can include charitable giving, volunteer work, and political activism. I don't think anyone can criticize that.