I’m super excited to say I’m going to Washington D.C. on Wednesday for an eighth grade class trip! I know I’m going to have loads of fun. I also know I’m going to learn a ton. Of course we are learning; it’s a school trip. But this made me think of how many other trips I have been on that may have been educational and I didn’t even know it. I have been on several different cruises. On all the cruises I have been on, I have been allowed to roam freely. This has taught me to be cautious about my safety. Also, the different countries we visit are full of things we are not used to. For example, most all countries have different a different currency. Also, in different countries it’s very easy to pick up a few words of a different language. When I go on vacations where I stay at a hotel, often I keep my own room key. This teaches me how to be responsible because I know if I lose my key, I’m doomed. Sometimes when we go to different places, they have different cultures. In Mexico there is a lot of singing from mariachi bands. I still remember a time I stopped at an Alabama gas station and the lady in the check out line tried to convince me to buy and eat a lollipop with a bug inside of it. I thinks it is absolutely fascinating how many things we learn when we travel. When I grow up I want to a job that lets me travel the world, see all the different cultures, speak many languages, try different foods, hear different music, meet foreign people, and everything else that comes with living in different countries. Next time you go on vacation, think about what you’re learning when you’re not even trying to learn. You may be surprised with how many things you can come up with.