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  1. This post really stimulates my mind to start my travel right now which is on hold for years because of stressful work, a scary pandemic (it is still on my mind, even if I have taken my booster)!

    A live experience can never be experienced by reading books or watching videos. The in-person interaction, making friends in an international environment, traveling knowledge, learning the map, and seeing the places where history has been made and still is in the making are unique knowledge is valuable.

    My kid just had lunch the other day with a friend she met at Berkley in a summer international program. They communicate often. She was in Japan for a year for a school program. She carries huge knowledge from that culture. I can see the building up of talent and knowledge. She is always in the mood to get out and visit places, and know the culture firsthand.

    I think of coming across teenage challenges often. Can traveling to places with a group of friends help them? Just wondering.

    With the acceptance of different cultures, people will be more adaptive to differences and the society will be less chaotic. 

    Thank you so so much for this knowledge and share to the world.

    1. Hello Anusuya and thank you for commenting on my post.

      To answer your question, I think it can be just as beneficial and appropriate for teens to travel in groups, as alone. As a parent, it is much more desirable that teens travel in a group, of friends that they can trust.
      I have always felt that you never really know a person until you travel together. 

      It’s never too late to start, and for some people, it has to be a decision for later in life, rather than earlier. They might not have had the opportunity before, but the world is waiting!

      If I have stimulated your desire to travel with this post, then the reaction I was looking for has been achieved.

      If you are inclined now to want to travel, start making plans. Read some posts and narrow down where you will start, what country do you want to visit most? See what the prices will be if you are prepared to book a year in advance. This will save you lots on the fare and give you a year to pay it off – before you even leave! 

      It is nice too that you have a first-hand insight into the results of your daughter’s travels and exchange programs. I always remind people, that as much as we appreciate the acquaintance of foreign people, they want to meet us too!

      That sure makes me feel special.

      All the best in your plans to travel.

      Regards, Corinne

  2. Hello

    I am 22 and I haven`t started traveling yet. I haven’t even left my country yet. But I want to travel and I hope in the near future I will be able to. 

    I do not have kids and I do not plan on having kids any time soon, but what I know for sure is that when I do I would definitely travel with them.

    I can`t wait to start traveling and learning about cultural differences, trying new food, and connecting with other people.

    1. Hello Valentin

      Thank you for reading my post on travel. 

      Seems I  have lit a spark and you are ripe for this adventure. Since you are young and unattached, this is a perfect time to get out there. 

      Where do you want to go first? Sometimes it is best to start near and expand from there. 

      No matter how you do it, you cannot help but be amazed by this whole new world out there, even if you see just a corner of it at a time. 

      Your enthusiasm is infectious and when you travel you WILL eat new foods, and experience cultural differences. 

      Assuming you have the time to plan what you would like to do, this is a great advantage and you can glean good advice. Now is the time and don’t wait. Start planning.

      All the best in your global plans!

      Regards, Corinne

  3. Stephanie says:

    This is magnificent advice for people who are just starting their own travel journey. I’m a disabled woman so traveling alone seems scary for me and that’s why I decided to join my extended family on their vacation trips. My little cousin is 10 now and they’ve been traveling ever since he was around 4. He remembers everything he saw (for the most part) and now that he’s old enough to do things by his own, I think it’s perfect timing to start enjoying traveling from a whole new perspective. 

    1. Hello Stephanie

      Let me commend you on joining your extended family so that you can travel. What an opportunity!

      As you can see in your 10-year-old cousin, it is invaluable training. He will benefit so much throughout his life.
      No stopping him now! Keep up the encouragement there!

      Thank you for commenting on my blog.

      Regards, Corinne

  4. daniel demba says:

    Travel is food to anyone’s soul I mean everyone! Looking back over my life I wish I had started travelling at a much younger age as it does build self esteem and opens up your mind to possibilities and opportunities you did not even think existed. Being a single father of 2 beautiful girls I make it a point for them to travel at least 3 times a year for life lessons are never to be missed. 

    1. Hello Daniel, and thanks for commenting on my post.

      You gleaned all the things I want people to get out of this. Building “Self-esteem”, and “opening up possibilities and opportunities” is everything I wanted to put out there.

      So glad you already see the importance for your girls to have good travel-savvy. They will really appreciate this later on.

      Regards, Corinne

  5. Hi Corinne, I agree. At 4 months old, my daughter, Robyn, travelled through the Channel Tunnel from England to France for the 1994 Christmas. 2 months later, she spent 2 weeks with us in the French alps. She was taken out every day in a baby carrier on her excellent nanny’s back while we skied. She loved being carried that way. We discovered that Robyn loved speed when we took her toboganning! Then, at 9 months old, on a 12-hour ferry crossing from Poole on the south coast of England to Cherbourg in France, Robyn learned to walk. We sailed overnight in the hope of getting some sleep. Robyn took us by surprise because she was only 9 months old, and the ferry was slowly rocking and rolling to the waves. She started by stepping from seat to seat, making friends on the way, and then held my hand to lead me all over the ship! We walked around the ferry three times, non-stop, each time calling into the gift shop. The third time around, she went straight to the key fobs and picked one, which she still has today. 🙂 Richard

    1. Thank you Richard for a true walk down memory lane.
      You set yourself up for blessed memories when you took Robyn everywhere,
      and Robyn had the advantage of travel at a young age.
      Travel can start anytime – but as early as possible!
      I loved your story!