I'm Stephanie from Canada. One of my biggest dreams is to travel EVERYWHERE in the world- not neglecting my own country, though, as I have yet to see it from east to west. That is but one trip I want to take, among so many . .. . So far I have been to Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, the USA and parts of Canada. I have lived and studied abroad and even worked at a beautiful isolated mountain resort in Canada for a few months. I would love to share my experiences with you, and hear all about yours, too. Or if you have any questions about travel you want to ask me, feel free to do so. I'll do my best to answer them.
There are several reasons why I think travel is so necessary. First of all, travelling to the country your grandparents are from helps you understand your roots, which are so much a part of who we are. I am from a German-Canadian background, and living in Germany for six months helped me understand my parents and grandparents so much more. It was like coming to a second home for me, filled with familiar things that I had known growing up with German influences around me and unfamiliar but (mostly) welcome surprises also. It was indeed a wholesome and moving experience.
Being Canadian, I love the multiculturalism my country embraces and learning about other people and their cultures. That is one reason why I think everyone should travel- it gives one a perspective and appreciation for people unlike oneself. It opens the mind. If you have never travelled- I encourage you to do it. Even if worst-case scenarios happen, I have not yet met one person who regretted getting out of their backyard and exploring the world around them. The pros far outweigh the cons in my mind. The world is filled with too much possibility and beauty to be shunned because of fear. Besides that, you only live once, so sieze the day and the opportunity, especially if that involves travel. Nothing teaches better than the experieces we have in our lives. Travel teaches so many of those practical lessons, I think. It stretches a person and causes that person to grow in ways that sitting still could never accomplish. ... .
okay, enough of that "sermon." .. . If you haven't caught my drift, then ... drift a little....