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I is for International Travel

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness”
— Mark Twain

I love to travel.  While I love exploring my own country, I prefer to travel internationally.  For some, international travel can be a daunting experience, but for me, I enjoy travelling to places I have never been and learning about new cultures, trying new foods, and learning new languages.  So far, I’ve traveled to Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Guyana, Haiti, London, and Mexico.

Cabo San Lucas Mexico

I’ve learned a lot by travelling abroad.  First and foremost I’ve learned to be more adventurous.  When I visited Aruba, my friends and I rented a Jeep and explored the island on our own.  We were staying at a fancy resort, but wanted to really see what life in Aruba was really like.  We wound up on a local beach frequented by only locals.  There were no tourists to be found there.  On this beach, there was intoxicating music pumping from a large speaker.  There were food trucks selling delicious local food delicacies and  we met some great people. We stayed and partied hard for hours that night and were reluctant to go back to our boring resort.

Another thing I’ve learned is geography.  Sure I’ve heard of the places I’ve travelled to before I visited them, but If you asked me to point them out on a map, I probably couldn’t back then. Now, not only can I point them out on a map, I can also point out different cities and points of interest.

Cow crossing the road in Guyana, South America

Finally, international travel has helped me to look at the world differently.  Seeing the world from the perspective of someone living in a third world country can really change your perspective on the world.  Also, seeing a place first hand as opposed to relying on what you see in the media can be very eye opening.  For example, the only images you ever see of Haiti are ones of poor people living in crowded cities. You never see the beauty beyond the cities, the resorts, the waterfalls, the beaches. Yes, they do exist, but you would never know that unless you got to see it firsthand.

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How about you?  Have you traveled internationally?  What countries have you visited?

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Diane Nassy

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 9-year-old little boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Check out Diane's Google+ profile "

14 Comments

    • Thanks. I’m a city girl and was born and raised in NYC. Seeing a cow just walking around the street was something I had to capture on film!

  • I am on my way to Aruba in a few weeks. Anything you want to share with me I will be glad to know. I have heard it said that international travel is much less constrictive where diversity is concerned. Great post.

    • Are you staying at a resort? If so, try to get out and explore some of the other beaches and restaurants. If you can, buy a map and rent a jeep, that’s what we did. The island is pretty small. We visited the natural pool, the natural bridge and caught a local carnival. Then We drove all the way to San Nicolas. Some of the street aren’t marked though so be careful. We took a couple of wrong turns but were able to find our way ok. Make sure you bring lots of sunscreen. I burn very easily and suffered a terrible sunburn while I was there. Other than that, enjoy your trip!

  • I traveled extensivly when much younger – back in the 60s,70s and 80s – need my comfort too much now:) travel opened my mind to so much, gave me so many new interests,I gained friends from around the world, insights into different ways of living and an appreciation of home here in the UK! keep on traveling and enjoying – it’s a fantastic place our world

  • I have never traveled internationally. Flying has put me off of doing something like that, but I do hope I can conquer that fear because I do want to visit the Bahamas one day.

    • Oh I hope you can conquer it too. There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored!

  • I would love to travel internationally, but with three kids, our budget is a bit tight lol!
    The one place I really want to go before my time is up, is Ireland. It looks really beautiful there, so I’m hoping I can save up enough to go at some point!

    • I hear you, traveling with a family can be pretty tough financially. Hope that you will one day make it to Ireland. I too would love to visit there one day!

  • The only other country that I’ve been to is Mexico. It’s a short drive from where I am and our church did mission work down there before the drug wars got so bad.

    There are a lot of other countries that I would love to visit. But I at least want to wait until the kids are old enough to remember it.

  • First of all, I’d like to commend you on your choice of quote at the beginning. I absolutely love Mark Twain, and his wisdom is as true as ever in regards to traveling. I appreciate your discussion of becoming more adventurous. I’m about to take a 7 week trip to Austria, and I feel pretty nervous about it. I’m fairy shy, mostly introverted, and I hope I can learn to come out of my shell and take a few more risks during my time abroad. Thanks for sharing your experiences–can’t wait to check out the rest of your blog!