The Things I Love ... Traveling Abroad
Traveling can be adventurous, educational, fun-filled, and/or relaxing depending on exactly what it is that you are expecting during your trip. You have those trips that are planned or spur of the moment both of which can allow you to find some interesting adventures along the way.
I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to several places within the United States as well as overseas. In all of the areas that I’ve traveled to, whether suburban or metropolitan, either for business or pleasure has proven to be enlightening. Traveling abroad has proven to be a favorite of mine because of the diversity of cultures and beauty of those countries.
Don’t get me wrong, I love traveling within the United States because there is a lot to be seen and experienced; however, I believe that having the opportunity to visit other countries allowed me to understand our cultural differences, experience things that I wouldn’t have thought of attempting (e.g. going to a camel farm and riding one) and being able to tour sites that some people only dream of visiting.
Three of the places that I’ve been privileged to go to and thoroughly enjoyed visiting are Italy, Kingdom of Bahrain and Sicily. Two of the most memorable, awe-inspiring sites that I’ve seen are the Greek Amphitheatre in Sicily and Grand Mosque in Bahrain. The one word that would describe both of these sites is breathtaking.
Two things that have been essential to my travel abroad:
1. Research –know what is going on in the area that you are traveling to which includes things such as current events, news and weather conditions. For example, there are some gestures that may be considered to be offensive in certain countries and you have to be mindful of that especially when interacting with the locals.
2. Open mindedness – this is vitally important when you are traveling abroad because of the cultural differences. When you keep an open mind then I think you are able to enjoy your overseas visit more … for example, some of the local culinary choices and learning how to utilize the transportation system because all of it is in that country’s language. It can be challenging at times but at the end, a life’s fun-filled adventure.
Currently, I don’t have any future travel abroad; however, I do have a bucket list of places that I would like to go to when afforded that opportunity. The top five places on my bucket list are:
1. Paris, France
2. London, England
3. Barcelona, Spain
4. Caracas, Venezuela
I hope that you all have enjoyed reading about one of the many things that I love; I look forward to sharing with you more of the things that I love to do, see and enjoy.