Does Travel Broaden the Mind? Breadth of Foreign Experiences Increases Generalized Trust

 

This paper shows that people who travel to more different countries or who are asked to think about the breadth of their foreign travel are more likely to cooperate with others in “trust” games and report higher levels of trust on questionnaires.  This finding fits well with the general idea that tolerance is related to thinking more complexly about our social worlds.  People who are uneducated, untravelled, and who do not seek out a variety of social situations are more fearful and less trusting of others.

Travel makes us more cooperative