Our clients don’t just travel for fun though there’s plenty of fun to be had. They travel with a purpose. Here are 10 things to keep in mind when planning meaningful trips.
Broaden your perspective.
Travel is an opportunity to expand your worldview personally, culturally & politically.
Experience new things.
Art & architecture are great but don’t miss the local food, festivals, markets, fashion & all the things that make your destination unique.
Meet new people.
One of the greatest rewards comes from the people you encounter. Not only do you get to learn about their culture, you have a rare opportunity to share your culture with them to give them a view of Americans that’s different than what they might see in the media.
Learn from others.
Observe other societies & challenge yourself (and your neighbors) to be broad-minded when it comes to international issues.
Bring history to life.
Opportunities to enjoy history are everywhere; work on cultivating a general grasp of the path history’s taken & you’ll infuse your sightseeing with more meaning.
Get out of your comfort zone.
When someone offers you a new food or presents you with an opportunity to experience a traditional activity, don’t be shy. Whether it’s eating snails or trying your hand at flamenco dancing, it’ll make a great story (& you might just enjoy yourself).
Learn first-hand about the accomplishments of other people, communities & nations, & use that knowledge to make your world a better place.
Strengthen your faith.
Travel can be a spiritual experience. Whether it’s quiet meditation in a beautiful natural setting or practicing your faith in a new way with the locals, there’s always more to learn. You can also enhance your own faith by seeing it in contrast to another.
Appreciate what you have.
Half of the people on our planet are trying to live on less than $2.00/day. When you travel to the developing world, you meet those statistics face-to-face. Each trip reminds you how thankful we should be to live in America.
Get others involved!
The more the merrier … groups of 10 or more reduce your per person costs & give you the benefit of more flexible payment deadlines! And, many hands make light work. Involving friends & family members in volunteer projects will increase your impact & help strengthen relationships along the way.
It’s a big world. Get out there!
Your FTI Team