The benefits of travel in your life experiences

I have been very fortunate to get to do a lot of traveling in my life and I think that traveling is one of the most educational experiences one can have. Education is great and it is needed for your career. There are many kinds of education and it can affect the individual in many ways both good and bad. I feel that knowing where different things are located in the world is very important. It doesn’t matter how much formal education you have, if you have no idea about the world and where things are. I have a friend that has two PhDs but doesn’t know where most of the great sites of the world are. You ask him where the Eiffel Tower is and he wouldn’t have any idea. To me that is kind of sad. He is brilliant but has never been anywhere but to school and work.

Through the United States Navy, High School and College athletics, and High School Band and Chorus activities, I have been in every state in the United Sates except North Dakota and Vermont and New Hampshire. I was in thirty different foreign countries while I was in the Navy and that doesn’t include Canada and Mexico. I think that travel leads to a more rounded person and I know where most of the major landmarks are in the world. All the good foods in these countries also leads to a “rounder’ person

Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it I guess, I never did get over to Viet Nam and the Far East while I was in the military but I did have enough interest to know where things were and I still hope to get to that area of the world before my days on this earth are finished. Most of my time was spent in the North Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. I have been through Edvard Grieg’s house in Bergen Norway, and Trondheim Technical University in Trondheim Norway. I have been to Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen Denmark and through The Tuborg Brewery in Copenhagen. I have sun-bathed of the French Riviera and been to the Vatican in Rome and a bull fight in Madrid. I have been to the Passion Play in Oberammergau. I have seen the Matterhorn in Switzerland and have been to Frankfurt, The Berlin Wall and the BMW factory in Munich. I have been to the Bahamas and Bermuda. We were stationed in Argwntia Newfoundland for 18 months and our only son was born there.

My wife and I have been privileged to follow our Florida State Seminoles to most of the major bowl games in the United States. We have been to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans several times and the Orange Bowl in Miami. We like to froze to death at the Peach Bowl in Atlanta one year. We sat through a diving rain storm at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville Florida on year.

We have taken our family to Six Flags and Silver dollar City before it became Dollywood. We have been through the Great Smokey Mountains and the Rocky Mountains. My kids know where all the states are and can tell you the capital of most of them.

None of us have Phds but my youngest daughter is working on hers, but I think we are a lot more well rounded individuals for having done some traveling in our lives. It is an education you can’t get from a book. I love the different cultures and the foods of the different area of the world and the United States. It is interesting to listen to the way the different area of the United States talk. The Boston accent drives me nut but the Southern accent I love. Maybe it is because my wife is a Southern Belle.

I still want to go back to Ireland and Scotland, Octoberfest in Munich, the Mardi Gras in New Orleans and I want to see the Far East and Australia. Traveling is a life experience that everybody should have.

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