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I'm a full-time rambler and contract designer with as many skill sets in my quiver as there are plane tickets in my passbook. I've worked in ornamental iron, jigsaw puzzle design, bookmaking, glass engraving, and a variety of other mediums. I'm currently living out of a backpack as I trek my way around the world.

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Being a Traveler Doesn't Automatically Mean You're Open-Minded

Zak Erving

I spent most of traveling through Europe in 2008 taking photos like this

I spent most of traveling through Europe in 2008 taking photos like this

via Matador Network

I'll be the first to admit that it's pretty easy to get all self-righteous about travel and how much it changes us. I've seen the types—and been one myself—who return from a trip abroad with a new swagger and attitude, acting enlightened and aloof to "western" problems.

Carlo Alcos, one of Matador Network's Managing Editors, wants to undo a lot of this. His manifesto Being a Traveler Doesn't Automatically Mean You're Open-Minded is aimed at those of us who are prone to feeling all high-and-mighty after an extended time abroad.

I suggest we all read it, and stop making arrogant asses of ourselves :)