So, today, I just learned that chile is a “third world country”.
. . .
I mean, I know, I should’ve known before coming here and done some research about it, but it just didn’t occur to me. Chile doesn’t seem like any of the other “third world countries” I’ve visited; there’s something about it that blinded me from the fact that it actually is a “third world country”.
To me, it’s just different because it’s below the equator, so I just assumed everything is obviously different, and backwards (like, the seasons), so, I didn’t think much about it. I just accepted the fact that the seasons and stuff were backwards and different.
But, now that I know it’s a “third world country”, my view of it has changed, for the better.
Now that I know, it’s easier to compare things from my home country because I know why things are different.
I guess I would say that, now that I know, I’m “nicer” to the country and the differences I notice because in my mind, it’s doing a great job being a successful (for lack of better word) “third world country”.
I mean, seriously, though, I’ve been living here for about a month an a half, and I just realized it now because I heard someone say it.
I never felt the need to research what kind of country it was because it seemed so similar from my home country, with a few interesting differences that I love learning about.
And, I think that the fact that it’s not an obvious “third world country” is a great thing for this country.
I know, I don’t know anything about the politics about this country (although now I want to learn more about it).
But, I do know that, if a tourist visits this country for a week or so, they will most likely not feel like they are in a “third world country”. Unless they come with a mission in mind to help the poor or something, but otherwise, if people come here for a vacation, and don’t think about the politics or research it, they will probably never know.
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All that, just to say:
“A country that you might be afraid to visit, or, that you don’t think is worth visiting because it doesn’t seem like it will have much to offer tourists” might be you missing out on something truly interesting to see/learn about.
So, if you’re thinking about visiting a “not-so-popular” country, think about what you could gain from the experience & what you could learn, instead of what the country has to offer for tourists. And, don’t research the country too much before going; save some learning for when you arrive in the country.
Be a local, as well as, a tourist in a new country!
(You learn much more by being both!)
Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to visit different countries for more than just a “laying-in-the-sun” type of vacation; to truly experience a new country.