The Roar

For the love of travel

Travel helps open your eyes

My+mom+%28far+left%29%2C+my+aunt+%28far+right%29%2C+friend+Charlie+%28middle%29+and+I+all+pose+after+making+it+to+the+top+of+a+Rwandan+volcano.+The+hike+was+6+hours+long+and+Charlie+and+I+had+the+luck+to+see+a+silverback+gorilla+on+the+way+down.
Back to Article
Back to Article

For the love of travel

My mom (far left), my aunt (far right), friend Charlie (middle) and I all pose after making it to the top of a Rwandan volcano. The hike was 6 hours long and Charlie and I had the luck to see a silverback gorilla on the way down.

My mom (far left), my aunt (far right), friend Charlie (middle) and I all pose after making it to the top of a Rwandan volcano. The hike was 6 hours long and Charlie and I had the luck to see a silverback gorilla on the way down.

Via Kyle Gehman

My mom (far left), my aunt (far right), friend Charlie (middle) and I all pose after making it to the top of a Rwandan volcano. The hike was 6 hours long and Charlie and I had the luck to see a silverback gorilla on the way down.

Via Kyle Gehman

Via Kyle Gehman

My mom (far left), my aunt (far right), friend Charlie (middle) and I all pose after making it to the top of a Rwandan volcano. The hike was 6 hours long and Charlie and I had the luck to see a silverback gorilla on the way down.

by Kyle Gehman, Editor-In-Chief

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






27 countries, each with its own unique culture, memories and experiences. I’ve been incredibly lucky to do the things that I’ve done, but getting out and travelling, and more importantly travelling out of your comfort zone, is the best thing you can do for yourself.

My parents aren’t multi millionaires, they just find travel important so that is something they focus on for us. My mom’s dad was in the Air Force so they got used to being tourists when they moved around. Especially when they lived in Germany and could take an Air Force flight for $5 to almost anywhere in Europe. My mom discovered the joys of travel early, so ever since my brother and I were little she started trying to help us find those joys too. My first international trip that I can remember was after 2nd grade when we went to Sri Lanka and Thailand during Sri Lanka’s civil war. Since then, my parents have continued to take us to more “odd” places, and not just the museums and beaches of the luxurious cities around the world.

We’ve been to developing Rwanda with refugees from neighboring Burundi pouring in, Vietnam and the Democratic Republic of the Congo while UN peacekeepers patrolled the streets and our hiking guides carried machine guns. Trips like these are the most important and interesting in my opinion. Instead of getting sunburned at a beach or staring at ancient art or going to a museum about the Normandy invasions, we go see the Normandy beaches, visit a Rwandan school and hike a volcano. Exposing yourself to a foreign culture and letting yourself let go of all the things from home is so eye opening and exciting.

Being able to get a worldly perspective on other people’s lives and letting what’s affecting them affect you helps you in so many ways. You care more about what’s happening at these countries and it gives you a better idea of why what’s going on in our world is happening. While it’s a cliche and usually something your mom says when you complain about going to school, it also makes you appreciate things so much more. Seeing people living in huts made out of lava rock, or going 3 days without running water or electricity or people living out in the middle of a farm in Thailand makes you appreciate all that we have here.

I totally understand that not everyone can go to these foreign and expensive places, but I think that buying the brand new iPhone when it comes out is worth waiting for when you can go and see the world. Even just going somewhere totally new and letting yourself understand that culture and area whether it is Boston, St. Louis, Paris or Kathmandu is worth it.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)
About the Writer
Kyle Gehman, Editor-In-Chief

Hey! My name’s Kyle and this is my third year on staff and second year as Editor-In-Chief! I love photojournalism and being able to write for y’all...

Leave a Comment

Comments are closed.

Navigate Left
  • For the love of travel

    School News

    Destination: Ecuador

  • For the love of travel

    Features

    Around the world in 87 days

  • For the love of travel

    Photos

    Thanksgiving break gallery

  • For the love of travel

    Columns

    Change

  • Columns

    Top 10 free things to do in Austin

  • For the love of travel

    Features

    Around the world in a lifetime

  • For the love of travel

    Poems

    National Poetry Month: My Star Altair

  • For the love of travel

    Columns

    Abusing the privilege of lunch

  • For the love of travel

    Columns

    Can’t be angry

  • For the love of travel

    Columns

    “Formation” a powerful testament to the beauty of black culture

Navigate Right
Leander High School's online student-run newspaper
For the love of travel