By Jayleen Gerace, January 14, 2018
2018 is your year to explore what lies beyond our borders and oceans. Wherever you go this year take time to appreciate the diversity in our big, beautiful world.
1. Experience Another Culture
We live in a world of diversity. Literally take a walk in someone else’s shoes. Become immersed in a different culture. Exposure to new ideas, culture and values help us to be more empathetic.
2. Learn a new Language
This year take a challenge to learn a new language and travel to a country that speaks that language. This is a great way to have a goal in mind and achieve it. Traveling to a country and knowing the native language deepens the travel experience. The natives love it too.
3. Taste Unfamiliar Flavors
Eat local food while traveling. It is a great way to experience fresh ingredients that are grown in the area. Supporting local farmers helps the whole community thrive and promotes local jobs.
4. Visit a Historical Sight
The world is filled with time capsules. Step back in time and travel to a historical sight in 2018. Are the kids learning about a historical civilization in school? Why not add a hands-on learning experience to deepen their appreciation for that topic?
5. Discover Mother Nature’s Gifts
There are numerous treasures to be discovered around the world. Zip-line through the lush rainforests in Costa Rica. Find a new-found respect for the ocean by seeing a coral reef first hand. Bird watch, while nestled in the wine country of France.
Wherever you go this year take time to appreciate the diversity in our big, beautiful world. Bring this appreciation back home to your family, friends and neighbors. The best souvenir is humility.
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