One of the greatest perks of travel is making a human connection. Travel has the ability to expose you to different ways of living, and it is this exposure that allows us to gain new perspectives and outlooks on life. LeafCanoe recently connected with LeafCanoer, Kathryn Damicone, also known as sociokathy, to talk about what it means to travel and make human connections.
Kathryn is a sociologist by trade, but a traveler at heart, and shares her travel experiences on the blog, Sociokathy. Her travels focus on connecting with people and breaking down cultural barriers. Many of her leaves reflect this desire for cultural understanding, from exploring the history of Dresden in “Destination Dresden“, to experiencing Maui’s local treasures in “Maui’s Must See List.” For Kathryn, whose motto is “helping humans understand humans,” travel is about cross-cultural connections and gaining new perspectives on humanity.
To get to know her travel philosophy better, we asked Kathryn to share with us her perspectives and experiences with travel.
What is behind “Helping Humans Understand Humans”
“Helping humans understand humans” stems from a simple philosophy that travel is the best way to help people understand human nature. Too often our lack of understanding about other cultures can fuel judgement and fear. When we look at the world through the eyes of only our own culture, our ethnocentric tendencies can shadow the beauty behind the mystery of humankind. I believe that experience and education are the keys to open-mindedness, and what better way to experience life than to travel the world! The more I’ve explored this precious planet, the more my mind has expanded about both myself and others. My love for travel and my love for other cultures merged into a lifelong commitment to help humans understand humans for who they are, not just how we perceive them. I hope to inspire people to travel and experience new cultures for themselves as well. People are mysteriously beautiful, we just have to give ourselves permission to go out there and see it for ourselves.
What do you look for when you travel?
When I travel, I am always looking for an adventure. I search for a place that I can get out of my comfort zone and learn something new about other cultures, people, which in turn always leads to learning something new about myself.
What’s your travel motivation and goals?
Aside from “helping humans understand humans”, I try to do at least one thing every day that scares me, no matter how big or how small. After all, I’d rather regret something I did than something I didn’t do.
What has been your favorite travel memory so far?
That is a tough question! I have had so many amazing experiences it’s very hard to narrow it down to only one. But if I had to choose, I would say being in Dresden, Germany in the summer of 2014 when Germany won the World Cup. The game was displayed on a large white sheet that was draped over a concert hall structure. Everyone watched the game along the hill that ran along the Elbe River. Germans (especially the younger generations) are very hesitant to display “pride” in their country, so to see them excited for their country’s success was really exciting.
What leaves can we expect next from you?
Upcoming leaves will include some from Europe and the midwest region of the United States. Europe will include Budapest, various cities in Italy, various cities in Germany, and also Ireland. Midwest region of the US will include cities such as Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and the Lake Erie Shores. Stay tuned!
Read more about Kathryn’s travels in her leaves: “Destination Dresden,” “Maui’s Must See List,” and “Canadian Rockies Summer Guide“. To discover more leafs from other LeafCanoers, download the LeafCanoe app.