Diverse thinkers such as Albert Camus, Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan, Kurt Vonnegut, John Lennon, Ibn Warraq, Salman Rushdie, and Gene Roddenberry (that guy who invented Start Trek) are all connected through the philosophy of Secular Humanism.
Along this set of ideas a movement called GAP Year began in the 1960s - "the origination of the 'Gap Year' concept came in the decade following the Second World War when youth travel and cultural exchange was discussed amongst governments as a useful tool to create more of a global understanding to prevent future global wars." Still relevant today? Sounds like it.
Definition of GAP year: click here
We have modeled our travel goals in the spirit of this gentle philosophy. Our journey may manifest itself into traveling to very remote places or to those considered highly developed. The goal is to learn from the differences and similarities amongst all of them.
How do you know where you're going if you haven't been anywhere?
Tips for GAP year travelers: click here