When my friend Benaids learned about my travel schedule for March, she shared with me a very interesting quote–
Travel is the peanut butter of education.
I totally relate to this because I love traveling. And I love peanut butter. Extra chunky. I put it on bread, pancakes, waffles, sweet potato, banana, and other breakfast food. (I hope Claudia, my nutritionist, is not reading this post, or else I’m in trouble!) And so, I have a big smile…and a craving for peanut butter…as I write.
I have been blessed with a lot of formal education–earning a post-graduate degree in 2002. I am energized by research. The joy of discovery is thrilling. It doesn’t matter whether you’re figuring out a mathematical equation, doing inductive Bible study, or analyzing market trends for some industry. Education is all about discovery.
That’s what travel does. It enriches your education through discovery opportunities.
- You encounter new cultures.
- You find ways to communicate with others.
- You are confronted by unfamiliar worldviews.
- You are amazed by the beauty of a new place, or stirred by the abject poverty of some people groups.
- You try to survive in less-than-ideal circumstances.
In all these, you learn. And hopefully you are intentional about getting an enjoyable education. Just like I make my breakfast enjoyable with my chunky peanut butter.
Hmmm. Such a “peanut butter” experience to be seated on 33F, chatting with this lovely couple from Delaware on flight AA2561, traveling from SJO-DFW.