Monks interact during a typical tourist heavy day at Boudhanath Stupa, a Buddhist Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal

Photo Credit: Mr. Gallina

Travel Helps Us All. Here’s How.

December 11, 2018

Travel, travel, travel. Ask most people about it and they’ll probably tell you they’d love to take a vacation, but the problem is, they just can’t find the time, and it’s way too expensive. And while that’s completely understandable, in the end, the benefits of travel do outweigh the costs.

Not only does travel spirit you away to exotic places like the Carribean or Japan, but it also helps you broaden your horizons. By interacting with and learning about other cultures, you can find yourself, make new friends, and perhaps even attain that inner peace you crave.

“I feel like to become well-rounded, it’s good to expose yourself to other cultures,” said Richard Gallina, a local teacher who has been to Mexico, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Nepal. “It’s important to see how others view the world, and that there are other ways to do things you’ve done your whole life.”

Holly Smith, the Human Geography teacher, agreed. “I’ve traveled all over the world, taking students with me and traveling by myself, and I think it doesn’t matter where you go. Go anywhere with a history or a story. Any travel, a hundred or a thousand miles away… any experience outside your hometown makes a difference.”

Other countries can help you figure out what needs fixing in your own— for example, upon traveling to Germany, where there is a sound public transport system, many people in the GAPP exchange were astonished that America has eschewed something so convenient. They can also show you sights you’ve never seen before: mountains, beaches, ancient monuments, and plenty of other things that you just can’t find while blazing through all nine seasons of The Walking Dead in your bed.

“Take a gap year and go where you wanna go,” Gallina advised. “There’s an education you get in the classroom and an education you get in the world.”

While plane tickets and souvenirs make your wallet a little lighter, travel is well worth the dent in your bank account. Get that passport and get out of the state— you’ll be surprised at what you’ll find.

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