When I left home just over three months ago, I knew I'd be meeting travelers from across the globe. However, I never dreamed I'd meet such a diverse group of people in such a short period of time!
Travel is about more than just the experiences you have. It's also a way of expanding your mind-view, and challenging your perception of foreign people. Being on the road has made me realize just how xenophobic and stereotype-promoting people can be back in the United States. I've learned that while some people do propagate their country's stereotypes (I've certainly been that stereotypical American on a few occasions!), most do not not. The overwhelming majority of people I've met have been warm and friendly, and accepting of their fellow beings. It does not matter whether you're from France, Iraq, Australia, Senegal, Chile, or Canada (note how I cleverly included someone from every continent but Antarctica). Each person has something interesting to offer, and most will welcome you with open arms.
Here's to 50 more countries!