TripsAndTipsAndSocialTricks.com formerly CruisingTips.Info prides itself on being one of the few websites to promote intercultural communication and global awareness. While we agree with Scott McLeod that "global awareness does not mean simply learning about other cultures' foods and holidays", we believe that becoming familiar with other people's customs and traditions often translates into a better understanding of what makes each culture unique and also what brings us together.
"When learning about other cultures it follows that you come to think about your own culture more deeply. By knowing about other ways of thinking your choices in life increase, your life is enriched as you become free of the constraints of your own culture and your eyes are opened to your own potential.
Nobody can choose their parents, their physical appearance, their country of origin or their mother tongue. At some time we are born somewhere on this earth with the physical attributes we inherited from our parents. By chance, some people are born in countries where the average life expectancy exceeds 80 years, while others born on the same day at the same time, are born into countries of mass slaughter where the average life expectancy does not even reach 40 years.
People, wherever they live, are steeped in the culture they happened to be born into; they understand its values, use it as a standard and feel it is completely natural. When you begin to examine differences in culture, what may appear on the surface to be completely divergent ideas, are ideas that are actually based on similar human thoughts. Rather than differences, connections between cultures become apparent." ~ Multiculturalpedia
Intercultural communication is a form of communication that aims to share information across different cultures and social groups. It is used to describe the wide range of communication processes and problems that naturally appear within an organization made up of individuals from different religious, social, ethnic, and educational backgrounds ~ Wikipedia
Global Awareness is a conceptual understanding based upon an applicable knowledge of global and cultural perspectives. The understanding of concepts that impact the world encompasses, but is not limited to, environmental, social, cultural, political, and economic relations ~ CCCTI
Diversity is the recognition of differences and commonalities among people from which they can begin to understand each other. These differences and commonalities include, but are not limited to, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, culture, cognitive ability, life experiences, family situations, and sexual orientation ~ CCCTI