Nikki and Nicholas at the Parthenon in Athens
When a teacher at Nicholas’ school in West Virginia announced an opportunity for students to take a trip to Greece, the family was all ears. While Nikki has seen the world as part of her military service, her sons had never traveled outside the country, and she wanted them to have that opportunity. During an information session, Nikki realized she could join the tour as a chaperone and signed right up. She’s glad she had the chance to see Nicholas experience life outside the country for herself. “It was exciting, but then it was also touching and emotional. We experienced it all together. I got to see his interaction with classmates, them taking in the sights and the language and trying different foods. To see it firsthand, [instead of] being on the receiving end of a picture—it was priceless.”
The effects on Nicholas certainly weren’t limited to the trip itself, either. Once they returned home, Nikki noticed changes in her son. “He was even more self-aware and more sensitive to others who are of a different ethnicity, different culture, different background. He was more willing to try different things.” It’s a unique sort of growth she feels is only made possible through travel.