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Travel to open the mind

My favorite quote relating to travel is from the children's author Hans Christian Andersen, so much so that I have tattooed it onto my upper arm   

To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live.

Travel has completely changed my outlook and my views on subjects ranging from environmental conservation, to respect for other cultures and lifestyles, to a renewed appreciation of the comforts and conveniences of home.  As vast and beautiful as the United States is there is a huge world out there to explore that contains vistas and views that are almost beyond the imagination.  I came to realize early in my traveling life that possessions do not buy happiness or joy and that some of the most content, happy, and friendly people that I encountered would be considered to be in abject poverty in my world but led uncomplicated and very fulfilling lives with very few material possessions.  I hope that some of my experiences can open the eyes and minds of our volunteers as they  begin to explore our world.  Brent Jacobs Co-founder and Program Director.