This is a bit random, but I love to travel. Any time I get out of the house and go somewhere new, my imagination is set on fire. I am always in awe of the new places I see.
However, every time I travel, I always end up meeting someone who says they hate it and that they think everyone should stay home.
Look, I get being a homebody. I definitely need my home time and down time after travel. There are times when I just need to stay home and rest, and I make sure I get those times. Most of my siblings are homebodies and introverts. I understand their need to recharge and not travel as much as I do.
BUT... *here begins the soap box speech*
I think travel is essential for humanity, and especially for children as they move into their teen years. I think God made us for travel and made it essential for our thoughts and our brains. He constantly told people over and over again in the Bible to leave, move, get out, go, etc. (Ezekiel 12:3, Matthew 10:23, Genesis 12:1, Exodus 40:36) Travel makes us appreciate and praise Him more by witnessing the vastness of His creation. It allows us to spread His light and love to others.
I love how Mark Twain put it:
"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."
I get it. Lots of travel, long road trips, and/or globe trotting is not for everyone. But, we grow when we travel, and I think a lot of issues in our country today are due to people not facilitating that growth in a healthy way. Too many people travel to run away from their problems, others travel only to work and chase the all-mighty dollar, and others still never travel at all due to various fears or legitimate problems (lack of money, health, social anxiety, etc.)
A healthy amount of travel for a healthy individual is good - even essential - for the mind, body, and soul.
*here ends the soap box speech*
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