Nobody loves standing in long security lines, and I don’t know one person who is thrilled by the fact that most airline seats only recline about four inches, if you’re lucky.
But I do know people who love to travel, door to door — not just when they arrive at their resort. I know people who almost always have a great flight, no matter what. I’ve talked to people whose trips got rained out, or who missed connecting flights, or who got lost, or who even had passports stolen — and when I ask them how their trip was, they smile and say, “It was great!” and proceed to tell me the full exciting tale.
It takes a lot of work to get ready for a family trip, even if you have a travel agent doing the planning and booking for you. Choosing the right places and activities, all while trying to maintain some semblance of your normal routine, especially if you have younger kids — can be a real challenge.
In the hectic pace of everything, it can be easy to forget the bigger reasons families choose to travel with their children: to enrich their lives, expand their emotional and cultural horizons, and help them become better global citizens.
Researchers speculate that the surge in spiritual tourism involves several factors, ranging from our skewed work-life balance to the current global popularity of Pope Francis. Bestselling books like Eat, Pray, Love and Wild can make spiritual tourism seem like a relatively new phenomenon, but as author Lori Erickson points out, “People have been making treks to holy sites for millennia — in fact, these types of locations are probably the oldest form of tourism.”
We know that travel comes with a tons of great benefits: you get to spend time with people you love; you get to see and try new things; you get to relax away from the pressures of work and everyday life; you get the thrill of realizing dreams you may have had for years and years.
As it turns out, travel is the best way to spend your money. Of all the things you can buy, the experience of traveling gives you, by far, the most bang for your buck. All of these great elements of travel have been proven to make people happier.
You feel it. A flutter in your heart and soul when you catch yourself dreaming of the next place you want to go. You’ve always been a bit of an outsider that way. Some people get it. The heart of a traveler. And some say they get it but don’t. And some people think you’re just plain crazy. But that’s ok. You’re packing your bags anyway.
Recently, I tried that snazzy InstaStories feature where I asked people to ask me questions. One of the fantastic questions I received was, “What is your favorite vacation memory?” I immediately was flooded with so many vivid images, smells, sounds, and joys that came to mind when thinking of past travel experiences.