Day 24 of the A to Z Blogging Challenge – Thoughts on Being a Nomad
X… the most difficult letter of the alphabet. If my A-Z Blogging theme would have been “amazing places I visited as a nomad”, a couple of favorites come to mind, like Xcalak and Xpu-Ha in the Yucatan province of Mexico. That would have been too easy, though… Maybe next year?
Instead, I am talking about a new (to me) word: xenophilia. It means being attracted to foreign cultures, places, people… a positive syndrome to have when you are a world traveler. The opposite of xenophilia is xenophobia: being afraid of the unknown, irrationally and intensely disliking or fearing people from other countries. If you are a xenophobe, by all means stay home, never leave the area you are familiar with and don’t run for president! And, be nice to tourists visiting your country and boosting your economy.
Travelers are by definition xenophiles, since the unknown, the adventurous and the unfamiliar are what attracts us to explore new territories. Our curiosity and open mind encourage us. To take it one step further, the ultimate xenophile is more interested in a romantic relationship with a foreigner (someone from outside his/her culture or home country) than with a national. Based on that description, I – born and raised in Belgium and married to an American – am a perfect xenophile!
Are you familiar with the word xenophilia? Would you describe yourself as a xenophile? Are there any phobias you suffer from?
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