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 :)