Do you remember the gifts you received on your last birthday or for the holidays? Good chance you do not. Material items do not have lasting memories. Experiences do. Travel is truly the gift that keeps on giving. I can be having a conversation with someone and all of a sudden I remember my trip to India or Israel or Ireland. I remember the sights, the sounds, even the smells. These experiences and memories do get ingrained in us and do change our lives, more than we realize. Travel builds confidence and character. Being in unfamiliar surroundings is good for us…it helps us to deal with the unexpected and makes us realize how adaptable we are.
As true as this is for able-bodied people, it is even more true for those of us who travel with special needs. We have to learn to do it “a little differently” but, oh, the rewards we reap when we realize that we can do this. Furthermore, travel is the ultimate educator. We learn from the people we meet along the way, from the new cultures we experience and from the sights we visit.
Next time you give someone your gift list, be sure to include travel…the gift of experiences and memories.