Travel out of your comfort zone

Published 7:00 am Saturday, July 18, 2015

Educational institutes teach students the fundamentals such as reading, history, mathematics and science. Often, students are restricted to classrooms for most of the school year unless they participate in field trips. While a good education is vital, sometimes textbooks aren’t enough to educate students about the world. Sometimes, they have to see the world for themselves.

Nowadays, there are many opportunities for students who want to travel and learn about different cultures.

In Pearl River County, Bradley Booth, a student at Pearl River Central High School, was recently accepted into the Rotary Youth Exchange program.

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With the help of the Rotary Club of Picayune and Rotary International, Booth will get the chance to live in India for a year in order to learn about a culture other than his own.

While traveling can be expensive, it’s worth it. By experiencing a new culture, people can receive an education far beyond their comfort zone.

The world is so interconnected now due to technology. People can travel by planes, trains, automobiles or ships and see the world more efficiently than ever before. But traveling isn’t just about sightseeing; it’s about meeting locals and learning their culture.

Everyone can learn so much from other cultures. Travelers can broaden their horizons culturally, intellectually and spiritually.

Seeing the world brings school textbooks to life.

Students can receive many benefits from visiting or studying abroad. They learn another language, experience different cuisine, traditions and social norms.

Often, students studying abroad leave their parents temporarily and live with a host family in another country.

It’s a difficult adjustment but a great learning experience that can benefit young people in the long run. Traveling or studying abroad is another form of education, which could help prepare students for the real world.