We travel because we need to, because distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity. When we get home, home is still the same. But something in our mind has been changed, and that changes everything. – Lehrer
Ever since I travelled from my safe corner of Europe to an exciting Asian country to spend a year immersed in local culture and language when I was 16, I have had a passion for travelling. It seems to me that travelling is one of the easiest ways to expand your horizon, get more pieces for your life puzzle and learn more about how the world works.
I have travelled extensively and have tried to instill in my kids a love of travelling too. This means they are quite well-travelled already. I see this as a way of accelerating their learning about life, the universe and everything (to which, as we all know, the answer is 42). Getting multiple perspectives is another important part of any education for me.
As for myself. family life and my job means I can not travel the way I like anymore. I prefer to be immersed for an extended period, sharing everyday life with the locals. Touring a country in a few days or weeks can als be interesting, but it does not add to your perspectives in the same way. To remedy this, me and my husband are planning an extended stay in another part of the world when my assignment here ends. (hint, it is a part of the world that is on my list!). We do not want to travel around, but rather create roots in another part of the world too, so we are currently scouting for schools for the kids. Most probably we are looking at putting this plan to work in 2013.
Our home will be the same, but our minds will change. Change is a good thing. What do you do to enable or accelerate change?
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