JFK, the 35th U.S. president, understood travel. What are the five seeds of greatness for our sons and daughters? Read a timeline of a his travels.
U.S. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK) traveled the world before he became president. He understood the value of travel, and his travels surely contributed to his greatness.
We can follow his example to plant the same seeds of greatness in our own sons and daughters. A timeline of JFK’s travels reveals five travel recommendations to help a U.S. citizen empathize with people from outside the USA.
Travel Timeline of U.S. President John F. Kennedy
1935, September ,London, UK – first trip abroad with his parents and sister, Kathleen, to London.
1937, July, Sailed to France – brought his convertible and drove for 10 weeks throughout Europe with Billings.
1938, June, Sailed Across Atlantic – sailed overseas with his father and brother, Joe, to work with his father, who was then Franklin D. Roosevelt's U.S. ambassador to the Court of St. James at the American embassy in London. He then went to Czechoslovakia and Germany before returning to London on September 1, 1939, the day Germany invaded Poland.
1939, September 3, London, UK – The family was in the House of Commons for speeches endorsing the United Kingdom's declaration of war on Germany.
1939, Europe to New York City – his first transatlantic flight.
1941, South America – helped his father write a memoir about his father's three years as an American ambassador, and then traveled throughout South America.
1941, World War II, Panama and South Pacific – commanded a patrol torpedo (PT) boat.
5 Travel Related Seeds of Greatness to Plant in your Children
These five things will help plant the seeds of greatness into the mind our of sons and daughters, and increase their capacity to empathize with the world outside the USA.
1. Live abroad for six months to stop being insulated Americans – to stop being Americans for one time in their lives – and learn to think as global citizens.
2. Learn Spanish or French to think in a different culture.
3. Take Eurorail around Europe for one month to empathize with Europeans.
4. Travel the Amazon River to feel the immense nature of the planet.
5. Visit Ghana or Kenya to see the world from different eyes.
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