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Travel Broadens the Mind

Travel is widely believed to broaden the mind and enrich the soul. The famous saying, i.e ¡ °reading ten thousand books equals traveling ten thousand meter ¡ ± indicates that travel can enlarge people ¡ ¯s knowledge efficiently.

Travel ¡ ¯s favorable influences on people are mainly reflected on the following aspects. First of all, travel helps people relieve and cultivate the mind. Nature has mysterious power. In the bosom of Mother Nature, people can easily relax. Traveling to a beautiful and peaceful place and staying away from the city ¡ ¯s hustle and bustle is the best way to relieve pressure. After their batteries recharging through travel, people can open their mind and confront life with a better mood. Secondly, travel enables people to enhance culture upbringing. Travel provides opportunities for experiencing different cultures, which gives people different outlook on life. For example, an Indian mosque and a Chinese quadrangle are both based on their respective unique culture background. Through observing, travelers can feel other traditions and understand different views, hence getting rid of their prejudices. Not only does travel allow people to see new cultures, it also often allows them to learn the roots of their own cultures. By comparing the life in different social systems or under different governments, travelers can find out the advantages and disadvantages of their own cultures and customs. They become more thoughtful; they will appreciate their countries' history and traditions but will not follow them blindly at the same time.

All in all, travel makes it possible for people to feel the outside world in person. Without it, people would be like a frog in a well, so to speak. In other words, they would have a very limited outlook. As Bruce Chatwin aptly puts it, ¡ °Travel doesn't merely broaden the mind. It makes the mind ¡ ±.

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