Happy New Year, Earth! You made it. A lot of horrible shit went down in 2014, especially if you’re big into travel. People with no chance of catching it started worrying about Ebola. The Bermuda Triangle, not to be outdone, popped on over to Malaysia and swallowed up a few planes. It’s still the safest way to travel, but tell that to Malaysia Airlines’ stockholders. Then there’s ISIS, which, come on ISIS. Stop that.
But a lot of good things happened in 2014, too! Obama announced sweeping immigration reforms to make it easier to come to America. Regardless of your thoughts on the implications this has on Mexican immigrants, it’s also the first step towards America easing its borders to everybody else, and in reciprocation, everybody else easing their borders towards Americans. Maybe in 2015, I’ll be able to get working visas in Europe, huh? Then, South America moved towards a continental state like the EU, which is good for all involved.
I dream of a world, one day, without borders. Where you’re free to wander where you want, when you want. 2015 won’t be that year, but it’s a damn good place to start.
So in celebration of a New Year, I’d like to share an article I wrote last year with Matador Network on how to be a better traveler in the next anum. It’s a different year, but the ideas stay the same.