We live in an amazing piece of the world. My friends in France often ask me why I need to go on holidays when I live where I live? Why would I ever leave is what they say?
Too right. We are on the doorstep of a world city. We have not only beautiful but clean and if you’re clever, many uncrowded beaches. Our city is relatively safe. We have a varied and mixed cultural background giving us a huge variety of cuisine. We have the best fresh food in the world. (Sorry to all those residing in the States who cannot fathom that some where else on earth is great) we have interesting people. We raise sporting superstars and movie stars. We lead the world in many areas of medical research and medical advancements. We hands down have the BEST coffee in the world without even any competition from cities outside of Australia. So why leave?
Why leave a dream?
“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 Twain
We leave to understand the rest of the world. We leave to grow. To continue on being leaders and role models. To develop future leaders and role models. We leave to experience the wonders of the world. We leave, not to compare or brag about how ours is better than yours, but to appreciate other ways of life and understand our terrific luck in having what we have.
Personally I travel to broaden my mind and those of my boys. We build understanding to break down prejudices and bigotry. We want our children to befriend people from other countries. We want them to have a deep respect for others way of doing things.
Ultimately, we want our children to understand that this little world of ours will only survive with deep respect and preservation. We all need to be green. We all need to be greener. Little by little, we hope each trip and adventure we have builds on that.
Even luckier are we that after any trip we get to return to this. Return to our happy little lives that may one day be significant. The one reason to travel is to build respect and love for your life as it is.