Bursting My Western Travel Bubble

I stepped outside my comfort zone to transform my worldview

Matt Lillywhite
Globetrotters
Published in
4 min readMar 19, 2024

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A Wizz Air A321 plane sits at the departure gate of an airport.
A Wizz Air A321 plane waits to depart. Photo taken by the author.

London’s Heathrow airport is eerily empty during the early hours of the morning. Among the announcements and weary travelers, I sit, quietly observing. Across from me, an older gentleman flashes a warm smile, and says he’s about to visit his 100th country.

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Matt Lillywhite
Globetrotters

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