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How Moving to Japan Taught Me to Travel Humbly

Most Wanderful women would agree that we should all travel humbly. But what does the word humble actually mean, and what does traveling humbly look like in practice?

The word humble comes from the latin word humilis, meaning low. According to Merriam-Webster, to be humble means to not consider yourself special or more important than others. So, to travel humbly — or, with humility — means to acknowledge that your insight of a culture and its customs is less than the locals around you.

One way to help us to put traveling with humility into practice is to think of ourselves as guests visiting someone else’s home.

Whether we are visiting a foreign country or visiting someone else’s home, we will come into contact with a way of life that is different from our own.