Why do you want to travel? Or do you? I know there are so many varying opinions on this and I always find it so interesting to hear what a person’s dream vacation would look like. Would it be an all-expense paid trip to Disney World? Or the Galapagos? Would it be a hut over the water in at a 5 star resort in Tahiti? Or a camping excursion through New Zealand?
(The Jud Wiebe trail overlooking Telluride)
We just booked a beach getaway with my side of the family to the beautiful and serene beach of Sullivan’s Island and I couldn’t be more ecstatic. We’ve done a pretty good job over the past few years at getting an annual Stathas family vacation on the books. Last year we went to Pigeon Forge, the year before that it was Hilton Head, and the year before that it was Edisto. We also are looking forward to a return to trip with the Dixon side of the family to Bald Head Island this summer, which we haven’t been to since Kaitlyn was just a few months old.
These trips fill my heart because they are opportunities to create incredible memories with the people I love the most. That is one of my favorite reasons to travel. It takes us out of our day-to-day element so we can’t be distracted by laundry piles or home projects, leaving us to just focus on where we are and who we are with.
I’ve realized that bonding happens in the little moments. Though we may take pictures of the sandcastles at the beach, it’s the conversations at the breakfast table over coffee or game of charades after the kids go down or trying something new together that really strengthen our connections.
Travel is something that is very important to both David and me. It’s been confined to driveable distances since we become parents, which has been pretty wonderful since we live there are so many options to reach by car in the Carolinas. Now we are out of the baby phase though, and we see the possibilities opening up to a broader array of possibilities.
So why do you want to travel? For me, it’s about experiencing new things with the people I love. It’s creating memories. It’s exploring new places and meeting new people. It’s about getting outside my bubble. I hope one day to be able to do the kind of traveling that really allows you to get to know a culture. Sure, I want to see the Eiffel tower, but to stay in a small town outside of Paris for a couple weeks and get to experience life like a local? That lights me up inside!
I also think it would be incredibly exciting to travel by boat (like we did in 2013 to the BVIs) or RV- I’ve had this road map of how to hit 47 national parks on one epic road trip saved for a few years now. The only thing I’m openly nervous about is small planes. Not my jam. But still, I might do it if it means seeing parts of the world I otherwise would not because I feel there are so many places, people, and foods I have yet to experience.
“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes your richer.”
How do you feel about travel?
What would your ultimate dream trip entail?
Who would you go on it with?