There’s travel and then there’s travel that’s life changing. Not just for the traveler, but also for the places they go. The November issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine makes this abundantly clear in George Stone’s collection of folks who approach travel with a purpose and vigor that ought to be inspiration to all of us.
Seth McBride is a paraplegic who fell in love and will marry his occupational therapist, Kelly Schwan. They began a year-long, 10,000-mile bike ride from Portland, OR, to Patagonia, on the tip of South America. They met with disability rights organizations along the way and recorded their adventures in a blog that’s obviously inspirational to other disabled travelers.
Katherine Conner from England turned a vacation to Asia into a career in saving elephants in a sanctuary in northern Thailand. She founded Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary to rescue mistreated or neglected elephants.
While trekking in Nepal in 1981, a hospice caregiver, Joan Halifax, was shocked by the local standards of healthcare. She began an annual visit by volunteer medical professionals called Nomads Clinic that tends to a long menu of medical problems.
Worth keeping in mind when you travel.