I grew up in a small Oregon town where big travel meant camping at the beach an entire 3 hours away. Don’t get me wrong, the Oregon Coast is magnificent. And so are all the mountain adventures just hours from home. But travel never truly entered my life until my late twenties. And once I had a taste for it, I never turned back. I may not have traveled as extensively as some, and yet I have probably traveled more than most. If only we all realized the experiences that await us in our neighboring towns, states and countries. I can’t help but think those encounters with other people and cultures could help bring understanding and ultimately being us closer to peace in the world.
Here are just a few of the destinations we have been fortunate enough to visit.