While youíre young, you should travel.
You should take the time to see the world and taste the fullness of life. Itís worth whatever investment or money or sacrifice of time that may be required on your part.
This is not about being a tourist. Itís about experiencing true risk and adventure so you donít have to live in fear for the rest of your life.
2. Traveling helps you encounter compassion
In your youth, you will make choices that will define you. The disciplines you begin now will be with you for the rest of your life.
Traveling will change you like little else can. It will put you in places that will force you to care for issues that are bigger than you.
If you go to southeast Asia, you may encounter the slave trade. If eastern Europe, you may see the effects of genocide and religious persecution. If Haiti, youíll witness the the ugly side Western paternalism.
Your heart will break.
You will begin to understand that the world is both a big and small place. You will have a new-found respect for the pain and suffering that over half of the world takes for granted on a daily basis.
And you will feel more connected to your fellow human beings in a deep and lasting way. You will learn to care.
3. Traveling allows you to get some culture
While youíre still young, you should get cultured. Get to know the world and the magnificent people that fill it. Thereís nothing quite like walking alongside the Colosseum or seeing Michelangeloís David in person.
I can describe the city of San Juan and its amazing beaches and historic sites to you, but you really have to see it for yourself to experience it. You can read all the books in the world about the Great Wall of China or The Louvre, butbeing there is a different story.
The world is a stunning place, full of outstanding works of art. See it.
Date: 2015-04-20; view: 1788