This lovely blog post is written by author, professional freelance writer and self-proclaimed vagabond Shelley Seale who has written for National Geographic, CNN, USA Today, Yahoo and AOL Travel, just to name a few. Shelley blogs with Keith Hajovsky at How to Travel for Free, an unconventional guide for traveling the world on little or no money. She is also a volunteer for the Austin Passport Party in March 2013.
...[A] passport is about so much more than travel. And travel is about so much more than sightseeing and vacationing. It’s about witnessing different ways of life than your own, experiencing different cultures and ways of thinking, meeting and interacting with people who have a completely different lifestyle than your own. It’s about their traditions, beliefs, loves, foods, hardships, dances, songs, history, geography, and passions. It’s about life itself – and there is far, far more to life and the world than what any of us see in our own backyards, in the little corner of this planet that we are born into.
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