I can remember family vacations as a kid. They involved packing up the car and driving to various destinations on the East coast. I have wonderful memories with my parents going to places that were not only fun, but also historical and educational. Cooperstown, Gettysburg, Jamestown, Williamsburg, Orlando, Montauk, Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia and the list goes on, but I never quite felt like I had found my passion.
I always loved museums and loved to collect postcards to all the places I visited. As a child I can clearly remember one time saying, “This is not a vacation as I was waking up very early and walking all day visiting museums, and battle sites and historic buildings. “Why can’t we just get on a plane and go to a beach?” but my parents didn’t fly on planes and they weren’t beach people so that was never an option for our family adventures.
Now I am all grown up and have a slight addiction to visiting the world around me. I still love museums and collecting postcards while also receiving postcards from other travelers. I consider myself an avid traveler and I truly enjoy globe trekking. I have spent time in over forty countries and have a strong desire to see many more. Each time I travel I want to absorb as much culture as I can and when I return home I feel that I am a better version of myself. I am fortunate for all of my experiences and to combine my two greatest loves- teaching and traveling.
Being a teacher is a great way to expose young people to new ideas and help build character in the classroom, but outside of the classroom travel gives each child an exciting way to see the world by being exposed to new ideas and possibilities. I am a high school history teacher and through travel I can bring history alive to my students. In my opinion travel is the only thing we spend money on that makes us richer. Travelers gain riches in culture, history, language, art and in life itself. I look at my passport [aka my baby] as my book of investments with each stamp and visa that I can view in it representing a new gain.
Each year I travel on my own and with my students to various destinations. My goal is always to take kids to places they typically would not travel to on their own. The trips I take with my students are so much more than just journeys to other lands. They can also be journeys of discovery for the individual. You can see the behavior and attitudes of travelers shift after just a few days of being abroad. They are no longer as concerned about the inconveniences of not being at home and many students begin to think with a different perspective and new appreciation for how others live and for how they live as well. No two travel experiences are the same even if we visit the same location.