One of the ways we’ve been getting ready for our upcoming Experience Japan Trip is by enriching our classroom discussions and curriculum with topics and figures related to Kanazawa. Most people travel as an observer, and as a result, “see” a lot. When you travel as an active participant, the experience can transform the way you think, and how you see the world. We all have a tendency to generalize from small samples. Our own little world becomes, without the infusion of new experiences, our frame for understanding the entire world. Travel broadens your sample set. You start to really understand the universals of the human condition versus the particulars of the area you occupy. This Farnam Street five-minute-read has great actionable advice on how to get the most out of your travel experiences. We recommend all students’ perusal before hopping on the Shinkansen next week.

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