- Understand the mindset of where you are; research the time and context of your destination so that your sightseeing takes on a new meaning.
- Find ruined castles or other free things.
- Find ways to really be in Europe. It is a mental game, so do what you can to psychologically be present.
- Stroll, stroll, stroll!!! Europeans enjoy taking the time to stroll through their cities, and you should too.
- Make sure you have up to date information.
- Start mild (Ireland, England, etc.) and work your way to exotic (Rome, Greece, Turkey, etc.)
- Find ways to get away from lines. If you are waiting in lines, then you are doing it wrong.
- Travel to the Mediterranean in April and May, and spend June and July north of the Alps.
Rick's second lecture was based on his book, "Travel as a Political Act". The main purpose of this lecture seemed to emphasize the importance of being a conscientious traveller.
- Travel allows you to bring back empathy and truth form the rest of the world.
- The opposite of fear is understanding.
- People don't think they are better than you, they are just inspired by something different.
- When you're told to go shopping and they'll do the thinking, red flags should be raised.
- The European Union is interested in ethnic region, not just traditional boundaries.
- Traveling allows us to gain empathy for other people's baggage, so be mindful of that baggage as you travel.
- If we are honest with ourselves, we will realize that children and familial relationships from other parts of the world are just as precious as in the United States.
- The Iranian people are good people motivated by fear and love; the same as some Americans.
After the lectures and meet and greets, we headed over to the kids section of the expo. They had a zip line, bounce houses and bubble rollers. I decided to fork over some cash and get into a Bubble Roller. When you get in a roller, you get zipped up and vacuum sealed into a big bubble, and then can walk (or at least try to), roll, or spin on water without getting wet. I struggled to stand, but had so much fun trying. Bubble Rollers are a new idea to me and I found out that they will even come to your house for a birthday! I thought it would be great for a work event.
Do you have any travel tips you pass on to friends or family? Have you ever thought of your travels as a political act?
(Photos taken for Short Story Long)