Reasons to Travel

When people think of reasons to travel there are a lot of things that come to mind. Spending time with friends and family, seeing new places, and taking a break from everyday life are a few of the most frequent ones we hear. Those are all great reasons to travel for sure but they aren’t the main reason we travel.

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Sign in an independent bookstore in Portland, OR

It’s easy to hate on those of another nationality or religion if you have never been to their home country. Once you have seen people praying in the beautiful mosques of Turkey or Iran it is hard to feel hatred toward them. Once you have danced with people in Morocco and Malaysia you realize they are people just like you no matter the color of skin. Once your child plays uninhibited with children who don’t look like him and don’t speak his language you realize you all share common hopes and dreams.

We travel to expand our minds and our hearts. We travel to learn and to grow, we travel to teach our son that we are not alone on this planet and that as important as we may think he is, he is just a small part of all the different people in the world and each and every one of them deserves his kindness and respect.

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