Eric Weiner
2 min readAug 22, 2022

No, You Don’t “Travel Like a Local”

And that’s okay

Photo by Mika Baumeister, Unsplash

When we travel, we expand ourselves not by turning inward but by looking outward, interacting with other people. Do we see only differences — language, cuisine, customs — or do we also identify commonalities, a shared humanity? This is empathy. If we don’t empathize, at least a little, with those we encounter, we never really see them.

Eric Weiner

Philosophical Traveler. Recovering Malcontent. Author of four books, including my latest: “The Socrates Express.”