Raam, I had a similar feeling when I spent some time doing relief work in New Orleans. When you see people who live a life of constant struggle, it can be very shocking and make you feel like all of your worries and stress are unfounded and ludicrous.

The feeling can also easily disappear when you return to the normality of life back at home. At least that’s what happened with me. Reading this made me revisit those feelings I had over four years ago now, and I think you’ve really touched on an awesome subject and it’s very true that in the developed Western world we have so much more than most of the global population and we take it all for granted.

Even helping out just one person makes a difference. If every long-term traveler visiting the third world did one small thing every week to ease someone’s suffering, it could have a positive effect on millions.