The world traveller

Article published on April 19, 2010
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Article published on April 19, 2010
Author: Ana Alibegova

Dalibor Stajic is a student at the Faculty of Filology in Skopje. He had an opportunity to visit lot of European cities, won a scholarship for a year of non-degree studies in USA and is active in the NGO sector. He says that traveling makes people more comfortable with differences and new experiences. Dalibor defines world travelers as true citizens of the world with a global vision.

Mladiinfo: Dalibor, when we asked you for an interview, we explained that we wanted an interview with a world traveler. What is a ‘world traveler’ in your opinion?

Dalibor: At the beginning, let me thank you for inviting me to share some thoughts on traveling — undeniably, one of the most valuable facets of human life. Traveling is a metaphor for an exciting life. Real travelers at heart do not spend a little fortune to see the world. Instead, they partake in new wonders of life by nurturing relationships with different people and by learning about each other’s cultures. A world traveler needs to understand cultures better than others since she/he wants to be involved in creative initiatives from which she/he can learn. World travelers are not afraid of differences among people and do not fear any situation; they gladly share what they have and keep their hearts open. In this sense, world travelers are true citizens of the world with a global vision!

Mladiinfo: When and where was your first trip abroad (aside from shopping in Thessaloniki or family vacations)? Could you reflect upon your feelings from the time when you first faced a new culture, tradition, and habits?

Dalibor: Germany, for me, has always been a country of particular interest. As a student of conference interpretation in German, it was essential to spend some time there in order to strengthen my language skills. Having this in mind, it is not a surprise that Germany was the first country I visited for a longer period in 2004. Looking back, I was only sixteen years old and I was not much aware of all social and cultural processes taking place around me. However, this was the first opportunity to speak to people with different cultural backgrounds and observe their habits and rituals, which were exceptionally interesting to me.

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