Travel gives us perspective.
Perhaps its greatest lesson, though, is that it teaches us how similar we all are.

Whether we travel 20 minutes or 20 hours away, meeting people we sometimes consider the “other” can have a profound effect on our humanity.

National Geographic Photographer Charlie Hamilton James has traveled the world documenting its remarkable beauty.

After his return from a recent journey Manú National Park in the Peruvian rainforest, he gave a talk for National Geographic Live about his journey and his interactions with some of the most isolated people in the world.

For this edition of Saturdays Around the World, we take a look at how similar we are to even the most remote people on the planet.

Let’s celebrate our similarities!

If there’s one thing I have learned from my own travels it’s how rarely people are all that different from one another. Sure, there are different customs and social norms to navigate when we travel, but for the most part, children play, adults joke, and I’ve found a laugh can go a long way over even the largest language barriers.

Maybe we should be looking for the ties that bind us more often instead romanticizing or demonizing the other. We are all on this same planet, on a journey through the same vast universe, around the same distant star.

Our lives are irrevocably entwined, and perhaps it is time that we started fully appreciating how amazing that is!

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!

 

-Liesl

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”-Victor Borge

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Notes:

  1. James, Charlie Hamilton. “Inside the Amazon: A Photographer’s Story.”YouTube. National Geographic, 16 May 2016. Web. 27 July 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyQkPhHnnRs>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

COO Ever Widening Circles

Liesl is a camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often floundering—yoga lover. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV