Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Why you must travel

"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page." -St. Augustine

While I do not know if St. Augustine actually said this, I will continue to give him credit because my philosophy and theology are quite Augustinian in nature and more importantly it is very rude to disagree with a saint. Also, he uses 'book' and 'travel' in the same sentence: two-thirds of my holy trinity of books, travel, and coffee.

Ten years ago, I made my first trip out of the US. Since then, I have seen more countries than states. And now that Delta stamps my boarding pass with the coveted elite tag, I can make grandiose authoritative statements and feel even better about myself for doing so.

Eight Reasons Why You Must Travel (outside the United States):

8. Because the food tastes completely different than the same food does at Epcot and on International Drive

7. Because Americans have stereotypes and traveling helps you see how these are true

6. Because when you visit a person's home (country), you understand and know that person in a way you could never have otherwise

5. Because international flights give you unlimited complimentary drinks, personal televisions, and a folded blue eye mask (if you're lucky)

4. Because there is more than one way to drive on the road

3. Because you learn that you can do well with less

2. Because every person, from every nation, from every faith, has the image of God in them. And that's easy to forget when we only know people by they way they are portrayed in the news and movies. We need to look into their eyes, touch their hands, and see their beauty.

1. Because it's there


Amanda Lomonaco said...

Because you must travel to visit Amanda. I so wish that I could travel more. Someday...

MPOWER said...

I always wonder why on every subject under sun some famous person from the past said something.
Is it true that there is nothing new under sun?

Judi-CAJ said...

For a teen who would never even go to summer camp, I find it delightful that the travel bug got you! I love your insight too! (MPower: Solomon said that there is nothing new under the sun)