I have always wanted to travel. Ever since I was a small kid, but for some reason, I just never thought it was something I could do. I'm a child of the 70s, yet my first airplane flight was post 9-11. I never knew those crazy days when you could board an airplane without feeling violated. Still I always yearned to see the world, and now I'm starting to do that.
I think travel is important. Almost as important as an education. I honestly believe, we really can't hope to understand other people, without meeting other people. Once you leave your home, your comfort zone, it's harder to keep those preconceived notions about other people. Southerns should visit the north and the west, and Northerners, head south, East and West Coast, visit the Midwest and vice versa. It's harder to hate people, if you know them, if you can talk to them and touch them, versus seeing them on television, YouTube and social media.
And Americans should visit the world! Not just those countries we feel akin to, Canada, England and Ireland, but everywhere. Mexico, and not just the resorts, France, Russia, China, Japan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and all points on the compass.
Now I mention I never flew until after 9-11, but after then, I have logged some air miles. However all of those miles have been domestic. I did drive all the way to Canada with a group of people for a Network Marketing meeting once. All the way from North Mississippi to Niagara Falls in a car with four other people. That was travel hell.
My first flight was for work. I flew to Hartford, Connecticut for a job interview in Worcester, Mass. I had just got notice I was losing my job, but the idea of a free airstrip made it almost worth it. Sadly I didn't get to see a lot of the area that weekend, and I turned down the job offer to go back to school. It was hard to break from my comfort zone, but ultimately was a good decision.
To be continued.