1. Its amazing how much and how fast you can learn about another culture when you experience it first hand. My husband and I are getting ready to take a trip to Ireland and London & I can’t wait!

    • Laurie Stone

      Sounds great, Annie. London is awesome and I’m traveling to Ireland myself this spring! Can’t wait. Thanks for reading.

  2. Erik Erikson

    I loved this. You captured all of the reasons why I love to travel. Patty and I both love to travel and so does our daughter Emily. One of the things about traveling with Emily is she thinks she won’t like a place because she has seen pictures or seen it on TV. Being there in person cannot compare to seeing a place on TV. Emily is slowly realizing this fact. I have been pushing them both to go out to the Northwest US. I did it in HS, traveling the Rockies, up into Canada all the way to the pacific, etc. and I’m dying to do it again. Can’t get them to go so I planned a ski trip to Colorado this winter which Emily was all over. Unfortunately we had to cancel that trip, but I was happy to see she was actually disappointed. So I have rebooked it for next year. Can’t wait for her to have this experience!

    • Laurie Stone

      That northwest trip sounds awesome, Eric. I think its wonderful to follow your curiosity. Different places call to us for different reasons. Sounds like Emily is slowly getting the travel bug too!

      Thank you for reading.

  3. I’ve been trying to convince my younger sister to get out and travel. It doesn’t cost much if you do it right. And you learn so much. I’m going to send her this.

    • Laurie Stone

      Thanks so much, Liv. And you’re right. Travel doesn’t always mean world travel. You can learn a lot staying close to home. Thanks for reading.

  4. It’s often said that travel can broaden our horizons and I very much agree with that. Just as you mentioned in the case of your discussion with your Mexican friend, it is such a great thing to hear fresh perspectives. I recently had the chance to get to know someone from Shanghai. Hearing her view on world affairs and learning more about her upbringing in China was really fascinating.

    • Laurie Stone

      Bun, I love that too. In America, we tend to get very insulated about our own opinions. Its always informative (and sometimes hard) to hear how other’s perceive us.

  5. Yes to all of this. Travel does make us better. Deliberately putting yourself outside your comfort zone (even if the scenery is beautiful and there are cotton sun dresses and straw hats, there is stress involved, being away from home), encourages growth and fresh perspective.

    And now I’ve a hankering to get on a plane….

  6. It is so much fun to travel to a location you have read about in books or seen in movies or TV. Sometimes the city or is almost a character and your familiarity make it easy to adapt. I love going to different locations in this country. There are a few areas I have yet to explore and I find it fascinating. I say if the USA was Europe it would be made up of many countries with their own food, customs and almost language.Speaking to you, Louisiana. New Orleans is fantastic but the state is another wonderful country to this Boston girl living in Portland Oregon!

    • Laurie Stone

      Haralee, That’s such a good point about this country being many countries combined. You’re right, Cape Cod food is different from Houston’s, which is different from Chicago’s. I also love to see places I’ve never been, even get a little misty-eyed upon arrival.

    • Laurie Stone

      Roxanne, I love leaving and I love returning. There’s nothing like travel to make you appreciate “home sweet home.”

    • Laurie Stone

      Antoinette, Thanks so much! I’ve learned about the world, and myself, by traveling. You can say you know a place, but until you’ve been there, its not the same. You’re right, it is good for the heart, mind, and spirit.

  7. I want to go somewhere exciting again! Seems like the only traveling I’ve done of late is to take my daughter back and forth to college (which explains why there is no money for traveling!)

    • Laurie Stone

      Shelley, I find if I just go somewhere every few months, that seems to keep me satisfied. Its hard to do big, expensive trips, but once in a while, they’re great to look forward to.

    • Laurie Stone

      Jennifer, There are still so many parts to the US I want to see, especially out west. And you’re right, this country has about 10 different cultures, making it like going to Europe.

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