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Sunday, 03 May 2015 09:34

Being Changed By Travel

Written by  Katie Hultgren
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My eighteen year-old daughter recently returned from her first trip abroad. She traveled with a school group to Scotland, England and France over her school’s spring break. She says that her experience has changed who she is as a person. When she describes her trip, people reply by saying that she has had a once-in-a lifetime adventure, but I do not think so. I think the travel bug has caught her.

Travel provides a new traveler with so much more than they anticipate when planning and setting out on a trip. Every moment of the trip is an adventure and a unique experience.
Discovery: We have all seen images of famous landmarks from all over the world, but to be able to see these places with your own eyes is inspiring, and leads to a desire to see and experience more.
History: Our country is very new, as compared to the rest of the world. Thinking of the people who came before us gives one a different perspective. My daughter was humbled to stand where Shakespeare once stood. All the things she has learned in school suddenly had new meaning, and became real.
Culture: Every country has its own innate culture - very different than our own. It was fascinating to hear her thoughts about the people who live in the places she visited, and how they interacted with her class of young American students. The group enjoyed fish and chips in London, and snails in France.
Independence: Navigating through airports, customs, and unfamiliar public transportation systems creates a sense of independence and accomplishment when successfully achieved. It leaves a new traveler with more confidence to go elsewhere, and do it again and again.
As a travel agent, you hold the key to providing these life-changing experiences to a new, and even an experienced traveler visiting a new destination. Never underestimate the impact of any aspect of a trip you plan. The smallest detail can have profound meaning for your client, and can earn you lots of future business, once they too are caught by that travel bug.

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