South Africa

Building a better world through travel abroad

Building a better world through travel abroad

I recently returned from three weeks in southern Africa. Though we have always been a traveling family, we had a specific purpose for this trip: to spend time with our son serving in the Peace Corps in Namibia.

After traveling through Zambia and Namibia, we ended in Cape Town, South Africa. There, I was struck by a message on a tourist bus: “Go places. Prosper.” And at the airport, Mark Twain’s famous quote that “travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness” was displayed at the British Airways gate.

These messages, of course, were to promote tourism. But to prosper not only relates to financial success, but includes engaging in activities that open minds and...