GradCity customers traveling on either a 2017 high school spring break or summer graduation trip were asked to participate in the GradCity ScholarTrip contest to win the grand prize of going on their trip for free! Travelers answered the question, “why is it important for high school students to travel and experience the world?” We invite you to read the following essay from finalist Graham Meglino from Blind Brooke High School in New York. To support Graham, click here to visit this post on Facebook and like/share the post to help him earn points!
There is something about scenery, something unexplainable, and something that cannot be captured through any camera lens. The feeling of looking into nature, realizing the true extent of her beauty, and realizing how small we all are in comparison to the world around us. A great man once said, “It is not death that most people are afraid of. It is getting to the end of life, only to realize you never truly lived.” Why do we travel? We travel to have fun, to gain unique perspectives on life, and to experience things that we otherwise would not experience in our normal lives.
In this day and age, we live in a world of absolute interconnectivity. There are pros and cons to this statement; however our dependence on technology is indirectly sacrificing a piece of our own humanity. Exploration is an extremely valuable thing, but its importance is being jeopardized through the use of social media. Why do we travel? We travel to experience things that we otherwise would not experience in our normal lives. The problem is, when we have all the facts and pictures of these “experiences” at our fingertips, we lose touch with the true meaning of travel. The truth is, that we have no idea what goes on around us unless it pertains to our lives in some, way, shape or form. Country by country, state by state, city by city, it DOESN’T MATTER; we are all different and there is ALWAYS room for knowledge. The problem is, especially for the younger generations, we don’t seem to feel comfortable with ourselves unless we are sharing/posting our experiences through social media. This is the reason our world’s sense exploration seems to be slowly fading away. It has to do with the fact that nothing is sacred anymore; any information that we want is now out in the open, ready to be read and absorbed by the worldwide public.
Let’s be honest, most of us do not like to venture beyond our comfort zones. However if we are growing, we are ALWAYS going to be out of our comfort zones. Change is not comfortable, change is brutal and blunt, but we as humans are constantly subject to change and the only way we learn, is through our experiences. Travel is change in its purest form and that is exactly why it is so paramount. Travel takes us away from home, interrupts our normal schedule, but allows us more than anything to take a leap of faith. We have no way of knowing what experiences lay ahead, but it is the risks we take that define us. Do not follow the normal path, go instead to where there is no path and leave a trail…