Rick Steves says that travel can be fun, a learning experience, or a pilgrimage. I had the opportunity to tour Amish settlements in Ohio a few years ago as a learning experience. The tour was led by an excellent guide, who knew so much about Amish life. Who knew that certain Amish groups only allowed women to hold their garments on with straight pins?
We were able to visit with a family making baskets and met a woman with 56 grandchildren. We toured the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center, which was fascinating. Then, we went to an Amish home and had a meal there. The food was plentiful and delicious. The mother there did most of the cooking and told us that she was able to use an electrically powered washing machine because she had a bad back. The pastor of her congregation ruled that it was okay for her to do so.
The journey made me more appreciative of the Amish people and my own faith experience. What are you looking to learn through travel?