I recently returned from an all-too-short getaway to Belize. As I anxiously packed my bags excited to set afoot somewhere new, I wondered about the people I would meet and the adventures I would undertake.
I have always had the ‘travel bug’, looking for those discoveries and learnings that come only from experiencing new places and cultures. Belize was no different. Beautiful beaches, fun activities and tasty food were matched, if not trumped by the people – friendly, warm and welcoming.
In many places I have traveled I have been struck by the happiness of locals despite struggling through each day to survive. This observation has made me consider what they have that we, in North America, may not have in abundance…and that is, I think, a sense of community - be it from family, friends or neighbours.
Maybe if we felt someone always had our back, we would be less focused on material goods. What do you think?