What I’ve Learned From Traveling in the Third World

Published Date Author: , April 25th, 2012

Third World TravelLike many backpackers, I travel a lot in developing or “third world” countries. You know, areas like Southeast Asia, India, The Middle East and South America, where costs of lodging, transport and food are low.

The reason these costs seem low to Western travelers, of course, is locals in these countries earn meager incomes and have generally poor standards of living. My extensive travel in the developing world has highlighted to me how incredibly easy our developed world lives are.

We Are Rich

The first developing country I visited was India, which is home to some of the world’s most abject poverty in spite of the country’s swelling GDP. The most memorable of the many encounters I had there was one with a poor orphan girl, who was running underneath my train as it sped toward Jaipur’s Central Railway station. “Five rupees,” she begged, jumping up as high as she could when she spoke so that those of us on the train could see her. Five rupees is equal to approximately 10 cents.

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