We are living in an increasingly global society, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to change anytime soon. You’re probably already aware of this. However, many aren’t, and don’t have a good grasp on understanding geography and culture. For many, it’s difficult to use a map to locate certain places as well as being properly informed about other cultures, often due to significant media bias.
Geographic and cultural literacy simply means understanding geography and culture and the important role that it plays in your life. Both of these, quite literally, determine where you are in the world in relation to others. This refers to both the spatial and human domain. You get an understanding of your location and the people around you, and you continue to learn to broaden your worldview.
Nowadays, we live in a world where, no matter where in the world you are, you are much more likely to come into contact with someone of a different background. If you want to cultivate a strong relationship with a person who could potentially help you reach your goals, you must be geographically and culturally literate. If you’re ignorant about their background you can forget any sort of flourishing relationship between you.
Through The Lost Geographer Podcast, you can learn about different countries in the world through the eyes of a native (therefore avoiding media bias), learn about traveling and how to make the most of it, and learn about different issues facing the world today.In our Country Snapshots, you can learn everything you need to know about a country in under two minutes. Pretty cool, right?
Our mission at The Lost Geographer is to help people develop the curiosity that I have had for my entire life that has been so fruitful in my endeavors. I want to show others that the rest of the world is, well…really cool! Learning about it shouldn’t be a chore, it should be fun and interesting. Especially when you can travel. That’s why The Lost Geographer’s goal is to promote geographic and cultural literacy through travel.explore planet earth
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Ever since I was a child, I was always fascinated by geography and learning about other cultures. I would sit for hours and read maps and atlases, and even draw my own sometimes. While I looked at and read these maps, I became naturally curious as to what life was like in these places. More specifically, I wanted to know why these borders existed, what cultures were like were within these borders, and how all of this came to be.
Being born and raised in one of the most diverse areas of the United States, I had the fortune of having the influence of many different cultures in my upbringing and childhood, with my own family having international origins. I was also lucky to have been able to travel to so many different places in the world. I’ve been to plenty of states within the USA, as well as other countries such as India, Malaysia, Singapore, Germany, the Netherlands, the Bahamas, Canada (including Québec), Austria, and Poland. My passion for geography as a child left me quite gifted with the subject, and I consistently participated in the National Geographic Bee contest in elementary and middle schools.
I know a lot about the world and understand my place in it. I have created deep, lasting, and fulfilling relationships with people of other backgrounds. In addition, I am well-informed about the world and really understand what’s going on. This means I’m able to look past the negative, biased, and often untrue media portrayals that plague our eyes, ears, and minds. Finally, the amount of opportunities that opened up from my geographic and cultural literacy were phenomenal. These ranged anywhere from job opportunities to incredible adventures. My knowledge of geography and culture, which I call geographic and cultural literacy, has blessed me with many benefits and opportunities!
Between academic years, I took a summer vacation to Germany by myself, not part of a program or internship. I gained so much in the way of general knowledge and it helped me grow so much and, although it was tough in the beginning, I was able to develop some very close friendships with people I met there. In addition, being a college student, I had to be resourceful with what little money I had. This is how I discovered that traveling doesn’t have to be expensive. What I’m trying to convey is that, although I’ve been blessed with incredible experiences throughout my life, I am also on this journey toward geographic and cultural literacy with you as I am always striving to learn more.