You probably know by now that I’m overseas on a big long-awaited family holiday. It’s been equally wonderful and exhausting – and we’re only half way through. Travelling with young children is not easy and tempers have been frayed at times, but we’re all still speaking and noone has been sent home alone…yet… So whilst I have a spare moment, I want to share some thoughts about the assumptions we make of our people.
We’ve been in the US, camping and meeting bears, renewing our wedding vows in Vegas, chatting with heroes in Disneyland and all along it’s struck me how often we make up stories about places and people before we’ve even met them or experienced them. Aussies definitely have preconceived ideas about Americans, and the reverse is also true. As travellers we make assumptions about how we should be treated and as adults we make assumptions about how our children should behave in certain situations.