T is for Trust- The Potential of Travel to Bring People Together

Howdy globetrotters and welcome to another instalment of your GTG. When most of us look at the world at the moment, one thing that stands out is the strength of many different forces that are separating people for all kinds of reasons. To give us all a bit of a boost of optimism, this time around your GTG has decided to explore one of the more positive aspects of travel, the potential to build trust between people.

Having recently become an AirBnB host (we’ll unpack that controversy a little more in the future), your GTG has been considering the trust that is required for all travel experiences to be positive and successful.


It’s a bilateral trust

When the Hawaiian shirt-clad masses descend upon the latest island paradise, they want to know they can expect a certain degree of safety and comfort for their stay. Likewise, the locals may expect to be respected and adequately compensated for sharing their location with strangers. As an AirBnB host, each guest has to be confident that I’m not a villain like something out of Wolf Creek and I have to trust they are not going to run off with my stuff.

Except when its not 

Travellers are often adventure-seekers and sometimes the whole point of going to a new place is to go outside our comfort zone. This kind of adventure could be travelling to areas that are experiencing conflict (not highly recommended), or to areas experiencing high levels of poverty or crime. In this case, prepared travellers have assessed the risk and are willing to take it upon themselves.

No time for background checks

When travelling, decisions often have to be made quickly. Do I take that lift being offered? Does this look legitimate? Does this price seem fair? Is this safe to eat? Do these directions sound right? In other words, we have to make many decisions on instinct and impulse and be ready for the outcome.

Lost in translation

Given the variety of languages and cultural practices around the world, globetrotters can often find themselves in situations where they may not understand what is being said to  us or what is going on. For many of us, this is the appeal, to be immersed and seeing how people interact with each other in other ways than we may be used to. Helpfully, good guidebooks these days often have a few handy phrases in the local lingo and some cultural tips so all may not be as unfamiliar as it could have been. If this still worries you, another option is to travel in a country where you speak the language and are familiar with the culture while you get your nomadic bearings.

So what’s the upshot? When we trust and things go right for us, as they usually do overall on a trip, our faith in humanity is restored and our fear of difference and the unfamiliar is reduced. You might even say, we become more tolerant, resilient and patient people…Your GTG feels this can only be a good thing. What’s your experience of trust in travel? Share with your GTG using the contact form below. Until next time!