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Happy Moon Day: Celebrating Humankind’s Greatest Journey

Happy Moon Day, Travelphilers!

Fifty years ago, humankind came together in hopeful solidarity and triumphant celebration as three people—Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins—traveled from the Earth to the Moon.

While it was a successful mission set forth by an American space program, the pride of accomplishment was meant to be shared by all peoples across our home planet. And everyone reveled in this magnificent display of the vast potential our species.

After Armstrong left his first footprint on the lunar surface, he spoke what everyone was feeling: That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.

On the ladder of the Apollo 11 lunar landing module, a plaque is attached and bears the following for future visitors to the Moon to see:

HERE MEN FROM THE PLANET EARTH FIRST SET FOOT UPON THE MOON.

JULY 1969, A.D.

WE CAME IN PEACE FOR ALL MANKIND.

Our travels, whether near or far, are opportunities for discovery, for connection, for wonderment. On this anniversary of humankind’s most distant (and perhaps one of its most profound) journeys, I hope you set your sights on places you have yet to visit, that you celebrate the things you have in common with another culture as well as its uniqueness from your own, and that you find joy in seeking experiences that shift your perceptions and expand your mind to the stretches of the universe.

Journey well!

Inside Passage, Alaska, USA

The Duomo, Florence, Italy

Edmonds, The Puget Sound, WA, USA

Volterra, Italy

Tulum, Mexico

Old Bridge, Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Monterosso al Mare, Italy

Campo de’ Fiori, Rome, Italy

Healing-Geist-Spital, Nürnberg, Germany

Monterosso al Mare, Italy

Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy

Ponte Sant’Angelo, Rome, Italy

Monterosso al Mare, Italy

Giudecca Canal, Venice, Italy

Campidoglio, Rome, Italy

Diocletian’s Palace, Split, Croatia

River Foyle, Derry (Londonderry), Northern Ireland, UK

Trajan’s Column, Rome, Italy

San Polo, Venice, Italy

Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Chamonix, French Alps, France

The U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., USA

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