Passion Passport Post: The Benevolence of Strangers (Part I of II)


The news – and our own social media feeds – are often dominated by travel horror stories: complaints about flight cancellations, robberies, pick-pockets, and kidnappings. Rarely do we get to hear stories of compassion and kindness; of people helping, guiding, and supporting one another as they cross countries and borders. The result: travel is framed as a daunting, intimidating experience; not one that fosters personal growth and relationship building.

This past summer, four of my friends I and I had an experience that rivaled that popular narrative. We participated in the Mongol Rally, a 10,000-mile car journey from London to Mongolia, traveling across twenty countries. We were successful; but, we may not have been had it not been for the benevolence of completely random people along the way.

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