Walking through the streets of Recklinghausen, Germany, he feels a sense of comfort. The small streets, local stores, and most of all, the people, created a homey environment. As he continues his morning walk, he feels almost as though he has always lived in the small town.
English teacher Jordan Vogel has been traveling ever since he was born. Because family and friends lived across the country, road trips were a basic necessity to his family. The long trips provided time for Vogel and his family to create memories solidifying their bond.
“From the time I was a little kid, I traveled across the country,” Vogel said. “As a kid, some of my favorite memories are with family members— goofing around in the backseat on a road trip with my sister or getting to hang out with my cousins.”
His love for traveling has only grown since. As an adult, Vogel has visited about 42 different states and various countries such as Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Italy, Germany, and France. Similar to his younger self, traveling has continued to allow Vogel to connect with his loved-ones. He continues to explore the world with his wife and has found that their bond has strengthened as they explore different cultures.
“Trying new food, going on adventures allows you to get to know people much better,” Vogel said. “As my wife and I were dating, something that has helped us connect in visiting new places or visiting places that were special to each of us like from when we were kids or with our families.”
With the addition of connecting to his family, Vogel has found that traveling broadened his perspective on the world. From these experiences, he is glad that he has had the privilege of learning about different cultures, which he hopes to share with his future kids.
“I think it’s really easy to get stuck in our own little bubbles and our own routines and our own,” Vogel said. “The things that are familiar to us can be great, but there’s so many other things—places, food, and history—that we don’t realize or we don’t get the chance to experience.”