On day three of travel week we are going look take a look at people who are not on currently on the road.  These are the people who work 9-5s or are maybe in the processes of raising a family.  And although they are not on the road, their minds are always on travel, and they are always planning their next trip.  These are the words of Jenna Francisco, and this is what travel means to her:

What does travel mean to me?

Learning.First, travel means learning about everything around me. I learnedthat incredible poverty exists when I saw shantytowns for the first time, the homeless children in Rio, or some of the conditions in Indonesia. Through that, I learned to be grateful for what I have.  During my time living abroad, I learned to value a slower life focused on simple pleasures, and that people are fundamentally the same everywhere. I have also learned that I am just a speck in the history of the human race, which is so vast and amazing that I feel shivers when I see even little glimpses of it in the temples of Japan, the incredible art in Italy, the crumbling ruins of a long-ago kingdom in Moravia, or even the horrible gas chambers of a former concentration camp.

Travel also means learning about myself.  It could be the little things one realizes about oneself while traveling, like that it’s really hard for me to sleep through noise or that I can’t travel without a bunch of good books to read.  It could be bigger things, like that nationality is not important to me.  I realized early on that I would prefer to be a citizen of the Earth than a citizen of the U.S.

I still have so much to learn from this big, beautiful, old Earth and its extraordinary people, and I hope to have many more journeys so that I can continue to learn and grow.

Author Bio:

Jenna lives in Sacramento, California, but loves to get away whenever she can.  She studied and lived abroad and has traveled extensively through Europe.  She has a multi-cultural family and visits family every year in Brazil or Indonesia.  As the mother of a toddler, she is learning new ways to travel.  She enjoys sharing her adventures and connecting with other travelers on her blog Adventures of a 21st Century Famukyst and on Twitter (@FranciscoJenna).

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