Visiting Alaska and Hawaii introduced me to different cultures without the hassle of international travel.
America’s diverse landscapes and people make it special, and that’s especially apparent in Alaska and Hawaii.
The first time I visited Alaska, I was only 19 months old, but when I returned on a fishing trip along the Inside Passage, I took in the jaw-dropping scenery and understood why it’s called “The Last Frontier.”
I was similarly in awe of Hawaii, arriving as a middle-schooler on a spring break vacation and departing as a devout conservationist and aspiring marine biologist (the last bit didn’t quite work out).
Once I was exposed to the beauty of the Polynesian culture and the breathtaking nature, I knew I had to return.
You don’t need a passport to immerse yourself in a different culture. Just book a flight to Hawaii or Alaska.