Would you dare to question who you really are?

Our DNA reveals so much about where we come from. Most of us are far more diverse and have much more in common with people from other countries than we would ever have thought. Momondo have started The DNA Journey because they want people to understand that there are more things uniting us, than dividing us.

"We believe travelling can make the world a better place ... and we are not alone. We commisioned an independent survey of 7,292 people across 18 countries. The study found a clear correlation between travel and trust. Those who travel more have more trust in other people, religions and nationalities."

And here are the resoults: 

  • 61% believe that there would be less intolerance in the world if people travelled more
  • 76% say that travelling has made them look more positively on differences and diversity
  • 75% say that travelling has given them a more positive view on people from the countries they have visited

Check the inspiring video.

5 ways to open our world

1. Lower your guard
Travelling is about exposing yourself to something else, something different. Open your mind and put a leash on your judgement. It's not our differences that divide us. It's our inability to recognise, accept and get the best out of those differences. And remember: you are just as different to others as they are to you.

2. Do talk to strangers
Not only the staff at your hotel. A stranger is just a friend you haven't met yet. A quick question might turn into an inspirational conversation. Before you know it, you'll be adding a local to your friend list.

3. Say yes!
Travelling is not just about destinations – it's about what happens along the way. Yes is the magic word to new experiences. Yes, I'm lost. Yes, I'd love to dance. Yes, there's room at this table. Yes, let's go skinny dipping. Start saying yes today, not only when travelling but also in everyday life. See how much a little word can make a difference.

4. Stay curious
Have the courage to do something for the first time. Travelling is about crossing borders, including the ones you have put up for yourself. Curiosity is the compass that leads to an open-minded view of the world. Challenge yourself and fight the urge to rely on the routine. Do the opposite of the obvious and let your curiosity lead you to new experiences.

5. Care to share
Facing the world with an open mind makes you a source of inspiration to others. Let friends and family see the beauty and friendliness of the world through your eyes. Attitudes are contagious. Let yours spread across the world, and encourage others to be open-minded so we can all enjoy a better, more diversified world.

Sept. 27, 2016 Living photo: Katja Štingl

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