For my birthday my Mom (aka the 🐐) paid for me to spend a summer in Colombia during undergrad even though my father was adamant that I needed to spend that summer working an internship. Living in Colombia that summer did me more good than I could have ever anticipated. Had to talk myself out of some sticky situations (like almost getting arrested by cops for hanging around locals who were sharing their 🍁with my friend and me) and forced me to see a completely different culture. I love living in the United States, but I think American Exceptionalism can cause people to be closed-minded at times. I saw blind men playing guitar, kids selling candy, and mothers selling pencils on public transportation every day just trying to make an extra buck. Anytime I feel anxious about having to make cold calls I remind myself I could have it so much harder. Traveling is one of the greatest things you can gift someone and usually an eye-opening experience. As humans, we are hard-wired to believe the first thing we learn which often means we think the way we go about doing things is the best way possible. The more I travel the more I realize there are a million different ways to do things and to say one is better than the other is usually wrong. Curious to hear if other savages have found experiences (like traveling) to be the best gift or if tangible gifts are what people prefer?