Thursday, March 31, 2016

What Traveling With My Dad Will Teach You

If you read my reports about Nebraska (Day 1 and Day 2), you hopefully walked away with some new insights or knowledge.

Now, be honest with yourself...If I had said to you last week, "hey, I'm going to Nebraska on vacation," there's a decent chance you would have said, "why on earth would you want to do that?"

Over the years, I've had the privilege and joy of traveling with my dad to many different locations. Some that people would agree are spectacular (China or Ireland) some that maybe aren't so high on the list (Lincoln, Nebraska).

But here's what I've learned.

No matter WHERE you go, you can learn a TON. And that is, after all, the purpose of traveling. To open your mind, to expand your horizons.  Not to have a list you can brag about at parties.

It's a chance to challenge your pre-conceived notions and look at the world through a different lens.

If you decide that you are going to get a "Nebraska of the Mind" approach, you can make anything an adventure.

It comes down to curiosity and a willingness to experience things.

You have to engage with people, ask them questions (a lot of them), read about their mentality, seek to understand.

If you do that, a trip to Nebraska can be as rewarding a travel effort as anywhere.

May be difficult to believe, but I know it to be true.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” ― Mark TwainThe Innocents Abroad/Roughing It

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