• No but it can certainly make you one. You get a lot of perspective about the world outside your hometown.
  • Travel, period, is essential to being a well-rounded person. If it's abroad, than that's cool. But I would expand firstly your own country and then branch out a little further as time goes by.
  • It's not essential, but it can help to open your mind to different cultures and different people
  • If you stop and partake at all the eateries yo... :)
  • I wouldn't say it's essential, but it sure is fun! At the very least you'll see how people's cultures differ. And learn how much you appreciate *your own home* after you return.
  • I would say it is essential, for how can one become a world citizen without seeing things for themselves.
  • Yes, absolutely. As a born-again American, originally from Alabama and a died-in-the-wool redneck, trips to Canada, Europe, and Ireland added perspectives to my world view. I won't claim sophistication for myself after having met some people who are generally regarded as such, but at least I now think that I can recognize it when it pokes out in front of me. Sure, I thought I had a good grip on what the world was like the first time I fell off a turnip truck (that happened on Green Springs Highway just outside of Birmingham in 1971), but the more I experience genuine representatives of non-American cultures, the more I learn about possible choices of behavior and perception. That valuable bit of learning kicks into high when I'm standing on a different piece of dirt, and I enjoy it every bit as much as it costs.
  • Yes, I think learning is wonderful, but hands-on is best in my opinion. I've only been to Tijuana and Rosarito Beach in Mexico and Windsor, Canada..that is the extent of my travel outside the U.S. So I believe I am far less well-rounded than those whose lives provide them the ability to travel and learn about other cultures, live among other people. :)
  • You would think.

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