There’s a popular expression about the journey being more important than the destination. But when it comes to travel, I’d argue that this statement isn’t always true. Sometimes, it’s the complete opposite.
For our family, a lot of road trips are just as much fun as the final destination. I love stopping at oddball locations, checking out things that make each area special. Plus, having hours on end to privately talk or read with my kids makes the journey fun.
Plane travel, on the other hand, is a completely different story, a necessary evil to get me where I’m going. Here’s why:
- Security checks – Since 9/11, air travel has become a pain. The ever-changing list of things you can’t bring in your luggage is annoying, but for me, the worst thing is having to go through an extensive pat-down since I can’t go through the metal detectors. I’ve been felt up more thoroughly by TSA agents than by some of the guys I’ve dated. Seriously. It is not pleasurable. It is absolutely the worst part of my journey. You’d think with all the technological advances we have, there would be a better way.
- Aisle chairs – Riding an aisle chair to get to my seat is no big deal. Getting strapped in with a five-point harness and leg restraints makes a simple task ridiculous. I get that some passengers with less mobility than me might need this support, but in all honesty, there have been times when I’ve had more straps and buckles holding me into an aisle chair than I wore to go parasailing. Not even kidding. Again, there has to be a better way.
As frustrating as the bad parts can be, the good parts more than make up for it, obviously, or I wouldn’t keep doing it. So what makes the journey worthwhile?
- Seeing more of the world – I love exploring, seeing new places, trying new things, experiencing as much of life as I can. Travel teaches us so much about ourselves and the world around us. I enjoy soaking up every bit of that.
- The food – I love to eat 🙂 Trying new restaurants, new cuisines, is a big part of the whole travel experience for me. Sure, every once in a while I’ll give in and eat at a chain, but most of the time I look for places that are unique to the place I’m visiting. Food says so much about an area. It only makes sense to me to make local dishes part of my travel.
These are my top two, but there are are plenty more reasons to travel. I covered some of them in a guest post called 7 Intangible Benefits Your Child Can Gain from Traveling With You, and many of these reasons apply to anyone who travels.
What about you? What are the best and worst parts of your travel experiences? Tell me in the comments!
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