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A friend of my mom’s gave her a little article from National Geographic Traveler that I thought would be worth sharing.

   How do you feel about the power of travel?

If I had a choice between sending someone to travel the world and sending him to college, I would send him around the world. You will learn far more about the world by traveling, far more about your own life, what the future of this world is. More solutions to problems like global warming, poverty, and war would result if people did more traveling, because that is how you find out that others are just like you. They want peace. They want decent jobs. They want to make the world a better place for their children. Having traveled all these years, I’ve concluded that the citizens of the world are far more open and tolerant and hospitable than governments, overall. Most people are kind, generous, and open-hearted. They really want to welcome you. What is interesting is that the poorer the country, the more generous the people. That is one of those remarkable things in life.

Written by Keith Bellows.

So, what do you think? Do you agree with the author’s take on the power of travel? Was the article inspiring for you?

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6 Responses to The power of travel.

  1. Cerebus March 2, 2008 at 3:36 pm #

    Why does it seem that we always have to choose? Why cant people get an education (provides perspective) and see the world (changes perspectives). I did both and would not want to trade one for the other, as I think we all need both.

  2. Cerebus March 2, 2008 at 8:36 am #

    Why does it seem that we always have to choose? Why cant people get an education (provides perspective) and see the world (changes perspectives). I did both and would not want to trade one for the other, as I think we all need both.

  3. savingupmyquartersforthebigtrip! March 2, 2008 at 9:19 am #

    Yes, I have to say I completely agree. I have always noticed that when I travel. I can’t necessarily say that I wouldn’t send the kid to college initially, I probably would since having a degree is very imp. but I think that our culture for one would greatly benefit from a gap year. If more people did it then we would have less hostility. I know a few people who would be much more tolerable themselves if they took time off to see how others live.

  4. Brooke March 2, 2008 at 12:53 pm #

    Yes, I think a gap year would be great, but its just not common for Americans just yet. When I was in high school I remember telling my mom I wanted to take a gap year before college and her thinking I was crazy. I ended up not doing it, and that’s definitely something I regret! When Brian and I were just in Guatemala and met Europeans, they were always surprised to meet Americans taking a trip for 2 months!

  5. Charlei Miller October 6, 2008 at 4:51 pm #

    Could not agee with you more..

  6. Kiel Villamin from the Philippines April 22, 2009 at 2:29 am #

    Hi Brooke,

    I came across your travel blog through google and it is one of the most interesting travel blogs I have read. I agree with this article that not everything you learn is in the boundaries of school. It is also the continuous exposure and participant observation with different cultures. It makes you more open minded about the world you live in. You thought after travelling that you’re just a small entity to this huge world we are living in. You’re lucky enough to seize the opportunity to travel especially with the huge exchange rate your currency has hahaha. At least you realize that you become complacent if you just discover only Illinois, that there is a big world to discover. Keep on writing with your discoveries hopefully you can drop by the Philippines =)

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