“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine
I have had a chance to read a few pages in my lifetime and it has been a life changing experience. I have drank a pint of Guinness on a British aircraft carrier, eaten fruit in the home of an Omani Army linguist, got lost at the Tower of London, allowed a Barbary macaque monkey sit on my head in Gibralter, bought my wife earrings in Crete, watched a body building competition in Key West, camped at Havasupai Falls at the base of the Grand Canyon, ridden a glider over the beaches in Maui and a few other fun items over the years. These experiences have had an impact on how I see the world. I have yet to stay long enough to be immersed in a foreign land; I have only dipped my toes. A co-worker was discussing her assignment in Europe and the difference an extended stay makes as you appreciate the subtleties and witness the framework that an entire country is built upon. The time allowed her to develop friendships, bond with the local families and live life together. The return home takes time to acclimate to seeing your old home through new eyes. A purpose of travel is to learn about the person you have become after your return home.
How did your mindset change? What was your biggest surprise? What is a favorite memory? Where would you like to return and why? What was an insight you learned about yourself during your trip?