If you follow our blog here on Go Overseas over the past week, you may have noticed a trend. In the last week, we've published stories focused exclusively on a single topic: building peace through travel.
In turn, we have considered the different ways that travel can build peace. We looked at how the speed at which we travel can have a lasting peaceful impact on the world. We considered how studying abroad, volunteering abroad, and teaching abroad can all build peace. We provided our community of program providers with some insights on how their work can be peace-building. We also had some general tips for how any trip you take is an opportunity to create peace in an often conflicted world. This series of posts finished yesterday, the United Nations International Day of Peace -- or #PeaceDay if you are social media savvy.
We chose to devote an entire week of our editorial year to peace because, in the era where collecting travel points, city hopping, and country counting has become the norm, we are deeply committed to the kind of travel that goes deeper.
At Go Overseas, we call this "meaningful travel," and our definition encompasses all kinds of travel which generate lasting positive impact on both the traveler and the host community. Whether it's a student who returns from a semester abroad with a 'second family' from their homestay experience or a gap year traveler who extends their stay to continue important volunteer work in a community, each of these travel experiences is the kind we work tirelessly to create more of in the world.
We believe there is an opportunity start a conversation about travel and peace in the moments where the world briefly turns its short attention span to this important topic. As we've shown in this week's articles, these meaningful travel experiences are important because they have an impact. As travelers we have a responsibility to try and ensure that impact is positive -- hopefully, it improves the quality of the world by making it a more peaceful place to be.
Our commitment to peace-building, meaningful travel isn't arbitrary; it comes from our own experiences in the world. Here are three stories from within the Go Overseas family that remind us how travel is a unique opportunity to build peace.