Brownell CEO & President Troy Haas shares three lessons he learned about travel while visiting a third grade class.
Travel can be glamorous, adventurous, thrilling, and aspirational. Spend a few minutes scrolling through Instagram Influencers’ accounts, and you may be left with the impression that you need to hang from the side of a cliff, have photos of gourmet meals, or have a glamorous photoshoot in a palace hotel in order to have a successful trip.
But contrary to what social media may tell you, travel can – and often should be – simple. I was reminded of that when I had the opportunity to speak to a class of third graders about a career as a travel advisor.
1. Stay Curious.
Third graders question everything, and their natural curiosity is a gift. I loved the questions they asked me about my career in travel because it wasn’t about thread counts or logistics; it was about food, animals, and cultural differences. I’ve shared a few of my favorites below.
- “What spaghetti do you recommend I order in Italy?”
- “What is snow like in Alaska?”
- “Where is the best chocolate ice cream in the world?”
- “When you went to France, did you learn to speak French?”
It really is the simple pleasures of travel that enrich lives.
2. Leave Your Cares Behind.
Third graders are not worried about how they are going to keep up with their email inbox before they leave for a trip. They are focused on the excitement of the trip and discovering a new destination. It can be so easy to zero in on the potential stressors that come with travel, but we need to anticipate the incredible opportunities we have instead…the opportunity to get out of your comfort zone, to experience something different, to grow as a person, or just to take a break from the day-to-day. Whether you are 10 or closer to 100, there is so much to look forward to in your travels.
3. It’s the Journey, Not the Destination.
Checking exotic countries off your bucket list is often a point of pride among industry insiders. However, my third grade friends reminded me that it’s the journey and the purpose of the travel that’s important. When I asked them about where they wanted to travel, it was to Georgia to visit their family or to New York City to see the skyscrapers. Even the plane ride was a point of excitement! The people you’re with and the experience itself are far more rewarding than adding another country to your list.