Thursday, April 20, 2017

Traveling Is More Than the Destination

Being an avid traveler, I often wonder what leads some people to want to travel and others to simply stay home.  I often think the reason I love to travel is because I love to see new places and experience things that I've never experienced before.  Although recently I had a couple trips that proved to me that sometimes there is more to a trip than where you are going and what you are seeing.  Traveling isn't always about the destination.

A great trip can sometimes be solely about the people you are with, whether those are people you are traveling with or people you are going to see.  I recently went to visit a couple of friends of mine who recently moved to a small town.  I was so excited to go and I couldn't quite figure out why, as I already knew that there was little to do and see there. But when it came time for me to leave and I didn't want to go, that's when it all hit me.  I didn't have a great time because of anything in particular that I saw or did.  I enjoyed my trip so much because of the people I got to spend time with.  As someone who often prefers to travel alone, this was difficult for me to comprehend.

After I coming to this revelation, I just want to travel more.  I want to travel to places that I don't care about to see people I love as well as travel to places I love (or I think I may love).  This isn't a game-changer, but it does put a new spin on my desire to travel.  I guess I just love experiencing all the great things this planet has to offer as well as the people that grace the surface of it.

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