For a long time, an increase in global interconnectedness has been paralleled with the creation of a more peaceful world. The logic, as it’s been presented, is that the more we interact with each other, the more we’ll care about each other, and the less we’ll do to hurt each other.
This theory makes a lot of sense, especially in the context of travel. People who are adventurous and who commit to participating in travel experiences that take them outside of resorts walls and beyond the confines of cruise ships approach the world with enthusiasm and a desire to understand the cultures they encounter and the people they come into contact with.
The link between global connection and peace isn’t a perfectly straight line, but it makes sense that these adventurous travelers have an immense potential for creating good in the world just by visiting new places and building cultural bridges that increase understanding.
However, this potential also comes with great responsibility, especially for the companies and organizations that facilitate trips in both group and solo settings. The ways in which programs are designed and executed is perhaps the strongest determinant of whether a traveler’s experience will cultivate peace or sow discord in a community. It’s therefore imperative that trip providers integrate strategies for promoting peace into their programming whether their offerings are just a few days or last for months at a time. Below are four strategies that providers can use to cultivate peace through their programming.