NEW YORK, NY – Travel search site momondo today released a global “Value of Traveling” study showing that traveling increases trust, opens up new perspectives and provides a more positive attitude to new cultures and people.
The study, which surveyed more than 7,200 people in 18 countries, showed a significant link between travel and openness. For example, according to the study, people who have visited 46-50 countries are more likely to trust someone they’ve just met for the first time than those who have visited 0-5 countries.
Several academic studies have previously shown a positive correlation between travel and acceptance, but this is the first time that such a large study has addressed the issue.
”Almost half of the respondents think that people are less tolerant of other cultures than five years ago, and we are looking for ways to help change that trend,” said momondo executive Lasse Skole Hansen. “At the same time, this study shows the positive effects that travelling can have, namely in its potential to break down barriers between people across cultures. It is encouraging that the more people see of the world, the more tolerant they become.”
The study also showed:
• 48 percent believe that people today are less tolerant of other cultures than five years ago. Only 16 percent disagree with the statement.
• 76 percent believe that travelling has given them a more positive outlook on differences and diversity.
• 76 percent believe that travelling has given them a more positive outlook on other cultures in general.
• 75 percent believe that traveling has given them a more positive view of people from cultures they visited.
“The Value of Traveling” study consists of answers from 7,292 respondents in total with 400 respondents from each of the following 18 countries: Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The respondents are demographically representative based on gender, age and regions.