I recently saw a clip of a Rick Steves Lecture in which he explains how he first got the travel bug. He was in a foreign country as a teenager with his family when he felt how loved he was by his own parents. He then looked around and saw many other children that were as loved by their parents as he was by his. This lead to his realization that the world is full of children that are loved by their parents. That, although these other children were so different from him, they were also so similar.
Of course, one can argue that there are a great deal of children that are not as loved as they should be because their lives have been devastated by war, poverty, disease, and the like. But the point is that all children, regardless of race, color, religion, or location on the planet, deserve the love that is felt by children lucky enough to have escaped the blights of the modern world.
Furthermore, those lucky children, the ones that so strongly feel the love of their parents, need to see how others live, whether it’s similar or different from their own lifestyle. I firmly believe that it is then, and only then, that we will have a future on this planet that is worth having.
For our family, travel is not a luxury. Our goal is not to take lavish vacations and tell you all about the fun we had relaxing on a beach somewhere, drinking martinis, and getting tattoos. Our goal is to learn. Our goal is to teach our children to be goodwill ambassadors to all the children they encounter in their lives. Our goal is to help our children understand the world around them, the history that got us where we are today, and possibilities for the future.