Lessons From Traveling

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” — Mark Twain

My family and I have been on the road for the past two weeks. We explored two new countries as we logged in some serious miles on foot. We finally arrived in Texas today where we’ll be staying for the next three weeks. Texas feels like home for us, so this is going to be a nice break from all the traveling.

One of the perks of being an international teacher is all the places you get to see, touch, smell, and I can’t believe how fortunate we are. Every time I’m in a new place, I think about all the new things I can learn about the culture, the people, and the region. It is so nice to taste new foods, see new things, listen to new sounds.

When traveling, I learn to empathize with others; I learn to be tolerant and accepting of others; I learn that amidst all the differences, I have a lot in common with others. This is why I want my children to grow up traveling. I want them to experience life beyond our house, our school, and our culture. I want them to be open-minded. I want them to fight for a better world. I want them to learn.

Learning in focus — “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” — St. Augustine

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