When you look at a globe, what do you see? Is it merely a spherical representation of Earth? Perhaps it looks more like a to-do list full of fascinating places you haven't yet been?

Have you ever heard someone say, "The world is a classroom?" What do you think they meant by that? Is the whole world literally a room with a teacher, students, desks, and a white board? Not quite!

When someone says that the world is a classroom, he or she is speaking metaphorically. Metaphors indirectly compare two unlike things by saying that one thing is the same as another. In this case, traveling is similar to being in a classroom because you get to learn firsthand about parts of the world that are different from where you live.

So what can you learn when you travel? Just about anything! Interacting with other cultures often requires that we step outside our comfort zone and embrace learning another language. When we seek to understand another culture, we often dive deep into history to understand the events that made the culture what it is today.

As we travel, we can't help but learn all sorts of interesting things about science. As you get to know a new place, you'll experience unique forms of nature and geology that are different from the place you call home. Simply stepping outside in a new place can show you how the climate differs from where you live. The modes of transportation offer important lessons about machines, fuels, and the advance of modern technology. You'll even get important math lessons as you seek to convert your money into another form of currency.

Most travelers know a lot about geography, because they spend a lot of time looking at maps, researching their next destinations. When they arrive, they often seek out museums and historical landmarks that bring to life the worlds of art and literature. When it's time for a snack, you'll have the chance to eat new and exciting foods that aren't available where you live.

So what are you waiting for? Plan your next trip today! Of course, travel takes resources. If you don't have the time or the money to fly to a different continent, drive to a nearby city with unique cultural opportunities. Or, perhaps a festival takes place in your own town that brings a different culture right to you. You can even take a trip to a nearby park or attraction in your town that you haven't visited for a new experience. You won't regret the investment you make in seeing more of the world around you!

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