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I'm not trying to be a crotchety old man, but back in my day...

Traceurs traveled a lot more. For national jams, for state jams, but also just to travel. Over the past year or so, I've noticed less and less of this. Sometimes traceurs won't even travel to the next town over, unless it's a big event (and even then).

I've identified a few reasons for this. A big one is that there simply isn't the need. It's the same reasons that Parkour forums aren't nearly as popular as they were four years ago. Why do you need to get online to talk about Parkour when you can just go outside with your friends and do it? Why should you drive an hour to train with people when you have your own community right here?

These are legitimate points. There was a time when I'd drive an hour to DC every weekend just to train with my friends there. I'd be there for 4 or 5 hours, then drive back. Factor in a teenagers sleep schedule, and there's a whole Saturday. I remember when it was a big deal to find out there were other people training in our town. What?? We don't have to drive all the way to DC just to train with other people!? Awesome!! (And then ALL of us would drive down to DC together...)

But it is still important to travel. Further than just your county, further than just your state. For reasons other than just National Jams. A friend of mine was recently interested in starting a Parkour gym, and came to me for advice. I wrote him a long letter, and the jist was that I was honestly concerned that he hadn't traveled enough.

5 Reasons You Should Volunteer Abroad

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Here’s the truth- if you’re a black traveler, you are rare. You probably have a passion for seeing new places, meeting new people and learning new things. That passion probably connects you to social networks filled with people who also share your wanderlust. Your experiences are probably awe-inspiring and many times, your non-traveling friends wonder how you do what you do, and how (or if) they can do it too. Eyes are constantly on you and people watch you in admiration trying to understand how you move about the world.

So, I have a question for you- while they're watching you, why not use your travels for good?

Here's what I mean:

I’ve spent the past two summers volunteering abroad. In 2012, I volunteered in Cabarete, Dominican Republic for a children’s education organization called The DREAM Project. In 2013, I volunteered in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala for a local organization that served children and families in a remote town located about 40 minutes outside of the city. Being a teacher allows me to spend weeks in the summertime volunteering abroad. Believe it or not, I know that those few weeks left an impact on the communities that I served - even if it just simply offered a new perspective on the perception of a Black traveler.

5 Reasons Why You Should Volunteer Abroad

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