**Given that it is the new year, our teen correspondent Brooke has decided to reflect on seven things she has learned from traveling. These are her thoughts.
During my travels, I have learned a few things about myself and the world outside of my hometown bubble. Traveling exposes me to people, places, food, culture, and life away from what I have grown accustomed to. The new year is a perfect time to reflect. I would like to share seven things that I have learned from traveling over the last 15 years.