Traveling has to be one of the single most educational experiences you can have especially when you visit a few important historic destinations. Interacting with different people and cultures provide knowledge that is unsurpassed in the classroom for students or in the work world for adults. Whether you travel alone or with family, friends, or tour groups, it is exhilarating to pack your bags and take off to places that you perhaps have not been before.
Underground Seattle is one of the best tours offered. It runs approximately for three blocks underneath the streets of present-day Seattle, and the damp, dank feel of the underground gives you an eerie feeling as the tour guide delights the tourist with legendary anecdotes and historical facts. Actually, some of the accounts may not be so factual, but the entertainment factor makes it worthwhile. The tour begins in a renovated saloon and, after a creepy good time underground, ends in the gift shop showcasing many displays that will reinforce the excitement of the city as it was in the 19th century.
One of the most interesting tours in Boston is The Freedom Trail, which includes nearly 20 different stops. The Old North Church where the lantern was lit to signal that the British were coming is one of the highlights, along with the fascinating history of its box pews. Exploring the city on foot is the best way to see American history at its best, and the bits of history learned at each stop is wonderful for children, who can take back interesting details to add to history classroom discussions. Of course, there is much more to see in Boston, but for historical value, this cannot be beat.
Savannah is a popular vacation destination. The heat and humidity during the summer months can be oppressive, but it is worth it just to experience the city. The spring and fall may be the best time to visit. The city is interestingly laid out in squares with plazas and parks providing shady respites for townspeople and visitors. Air-conditioned tour busses roll down the city streets frequently. You can board them at any of the official stops and pay for the tour when it returns to the starting point. Historical places include Revolutionary War and Civil War battlefields, antebellum homes, and, of course the legendary Spanish moss trees. Do not miss a stroll along the river, visiting the many shops and restaurants located in former warehouses.
The Vatican is a country unto itself right in the middle of Rome. The educational and historical value of the artwork and architecture give the visitor a hint of grandeur on an unimaginable scale. Walking through St. Peter’s Square and looking up at the Loggia instill a feeling of holiness. The Sistine Chapel, the art and frescoes are awe-inspiring, giving the tourist experiences they will never forget.
The Middle East
Different churches and Chambers of Commerce have annual guided tours to Israel. Some people may prefer to travel independently rather than on a guided tour, but guided tours to the Middle East may be safer, as well as more convenient. For some, it is a lifelong dream to visit the Holy Land and see the ancient biblical sites and have a deeply religious experience. The Mount of Olives, the Wailing Wall, David’s tomb, the Sea of Galilee and Nazareth are just a few of the experiences that await the traveler. The ancient frankincense trail is also something that can give you insights and history into essential oils, according to D Gary Young.
Strolling down the Champs Elysees is one of the most transforming experiences you can ever have. Just sitting at a sidewalk cafe people- watching is enough to make you giddy. The city offers The Louvre, home to famous Mona Lisa, the Moulin Rouge for a cabaret show, the Pantheon, with crypts containing the remains of famous Frenchmen, and, of course, some of the best shopping in the world.
Vacationing in different places, whether close to home or in foreign lands, brings excitement, education, and unique experiences that help to mold and shape you into a well-rounded individual. Whenever the opportunity arises, take advantage of it.