We are living in an increasingly global society, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to change anytime soon. Here at The Lost Geographer, we aim to promote geographic and cultural literacy. What does that mean? It means an understanding of what geography and culture truly are and why they're important. By doing so, people will begin to understand their place on this changing world where more and more people of different backgrounds are interacting with one another.
Geographic and cultural literacy simply means understanding what geography and culture truly are and the important role that they play 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. Because relationships are necessary to reaching your goals in any area of your life, it's imporant to understand that person and where he or she comes from to establish a strong relationship. Therefore, not only is it helpful to the world, but also practical for the individual.
The Lost Geographer Podcast teaches you about different countries in the world through a native perspective, travel and how to make the most of it, and 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. Finally, we offer articles that discuss a variety of topics in the realm of geography, culture, and travel.
Our mission at The Lost Geographer is to promote geographic and cultural literacy through education and travel to make the world a more understanding place. We aim to show how this not only benefits people on a global scale but also on a personal level because at the end of the day, we as humans always want to know what's in it for us. We hope to inspire curiousity of difference places and cultures to make this happen, without forcing any sort of education onto people. We believe becoming geographic and culturally literate should be an enjoyable journey!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!
I have traveled and lived all over the world and met with people from all different backgrounds. I have also made every traveling mistake possible (at least those that I'm aware of) and have learned plenty of lessons from them as well as about what the world is really like instead of the view that agenda-oriented media outlets provide. To me, I view traveling as a form of personal growth that will help those around me as well. That being said, while I do consider myself geographically and culturally literate in addition to the fact that 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 and grow more.
I am a firm believer that connecting with people from around the world is one of the best ways to enrich yourself and the global community. I have “exchange siblings” from around the world and friends across multiple continents. Seeing the way people live inspires me to learn more about the world and to share with others who are curious.
My fascination with traveling and the world around me started at a young age. I took my first flight at the age of 1 and have loved to explore ever since. Growing up I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to travel as a benefit of my dad’s work, and as a result, I have seen much of the United States, from the biggest cities bustling with people to national parks that seem untouched by humans.
Because I enjoyed traveling and making connections through my family hosting exchange students, I decided to pursue the study of people in college. I earned a B.A. in Anthropology with a specialization in sociocultural anthropology.
In addition to traveling to 28 states of the United States, I have also traveled to Canada, the Bahamas, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, and Vatican City, and I have loved every minute of it. I see each travel experience as an opportunity to learn and make connections and new friends around the world.