A couple of years ago I saw this picture with a simple saying “We Travel Not to Escape Life, but for Life Not to Escape Us…”. This quote has been one of my most favorite sayings since that day.
Why Travel? Experiences
I used to travel to “get away.” One week to Las Vegas a year to get away from life and disconnect. Now as time goes on, I have found that it’s for the experiences. I have been to many concerts for musicians that I would never have been able to see back in Wisconsin. I have been to many different sporting events from Hockey games to UFC fights. But one of the biggest reasons for my travel hacking is the ability to give my family those memories. I do take many solo trips, but want to make sure that I can also get those memories for my daughter to remember.
Take advantage of the experiences that traveling can offer you. There are so many new and different things to see or do. Take a moment to enjoy the unique cuisine, do something you’d never do, or catch a concert or show.
Why travel? Reduce Stress
I think everyone has experienced stress and mind fog. To truly relax and rejuvenate, you need to get away from your typical daily life. For most of us, that is work, kids driving us crazy, and other everyday stressors. Build vacation time into your schedule even if you aren’t going far. Get out of your house, away from stress and come back feeling fresh and inspired.
Why Travel? Memories
When I was a child, we did get to go to water parks, a school trip to Washington DC and a car trip to Florida. I still remember some of those memories: from the drive down, the beach, Disney and my first airplane trip in 8th grade. Before getting into points, I was always trying to figure out how to get to the experiences in Las Vegas along with being able to get those family trips done with a cheaper cost. Just by chance, I came across an article in a Las Vegas blog that mentioned how he flies for free. From that point on I was hooked.
So why does my family travel? To make memories and you should be taking advantage of this too. “Memories are priceless. You can always make more money, But you can’t always make more memories.”
Why Travel? Pass down traditions
Another reason why we travel is to have the opportunity to pass down traditions. My daughter has been fortunate to see out west and the neon lights of Las Vegas. She has been able to feel the cool white sand under her feet at Siesta Key in Florida. She has met friends from Florida and Michigan that she will have for the rest of her life. This summer she is going to Hawaii. Both Joni and I know this is most likely a one time trip and wanted to make sure she was able to have that experience of volcanoes, beaches, and learn the history of Pearl Harbor. My grandfather served in World War II. These will be memories that will stay with her forever, and they are traditions and historical moments we wanted to make sure were passed down.
Why Travel? Family Time
Each year we chose at least one family vacation where our daughter can fly or go to other states. Her Taekwondo tournaments have taken her throughout the midwest already in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and Iowa. This summer will be her fifth airplane trip by the age of twelve. We get to spend a great deal of time together making memories, and these are moments we will never get to live again. Make the most of your family time; you never know what is going to happen in the future. If you keep waiting to take that vacation or to get away, it may be too late to make those memories and enjoy that time together as a family.
One little hobby has allowed our family to “Travel Not to Escape Life, but for Life Not to Escape Us…”