Where do you plan to travel when you retire? This has been the most asked question of the last 5 months, ever since word got out of my pending retirement. Everyone knows that people in my generation are on the move. We are the RV renters, the cruise bookers, and the endless tour goers.
Sure, we’ll travel sometime, but summers here are beautiful and there’s no need to hit the road (or the airport) at a time when every family in American schedules its two-week vacation.
The old saying is that travel is broadening and, a few years ago in China, after a couple of weeks of two banquets a day I can testify that I did acquire new breadth.
However, yesterday I found another way to broaden my horizons instead of my belly. I started volunteering to facilitate an adult English conversation class at a local community center. I had six students, two Japanese, two Korean and two Chinese. They were advanced English speakers and so were able to easily handle our topic of the day: “culture shock.” Each student came up with an example of a personal experience, ranging from feeling like an outsider amidst a group of native English speakers at the kids’ soccer game, to being astonished at portion sizes at restaurants. An hour and a half passed quickly and I learned more about a small facet of each of their countries than I might have learned on a cruise or packaged tour.