This took me by surprise but, I cried when I learned that Anthony Bourdain had passed away. It’s interesting—you can never predict which celebrity deaths will affect you. I love Prince’s music. I adore Robin Williams’ comedy. I grew up on Health Ledger Films. But none of these individuals’ deaths actually caused me to cry. I think I know why, too: while I loved their work, their real lives, or the stories they depicted in their works, didn’t quite pull at some unfulfilled desire in me the way Anthony Bourdain’s life did. I appreciated all of those celebrities: I wanted to walk in the shoes of Bourdain. I love how he immediately made everyone around him—of any culture—immediately at ease. I loved the way that he said yes to all kinds of experiences. I loved how imperfect he was, and how honest he was about that. So, in honor of Anthony Bourdain’s life, here are ways that travel makes you a better person.
You must ask for help
No matter how powerful you are in your hometown, when you travel, you lose it all. You have to ask for help. You don’t know the customs. You don’t know the rules. You need to ask questions and rely on the guidance of others or you could be ripped off at a market/never get a taxi/wind up in a bad part of town/eat something to which you’re deathly allergic. It’s good for people to ask for help. It’s humbling.