Traveling, whether it is for a scheduled family vacation, for business, or just “getting away from it all” has many benefits for the traveler. People tend to fall into ruts in their lives and begin to feel comfortable only within their own defined space. The well-travelled individual is much more likely to accept situations which may cause major changes in their lives, as well as have a much broader concept of the world as a whole.
Family vacations can be a nightmare. We all remember the car loaded with kids and an overabundance of luggage. The fighting, Dad yelling and slamming on the brakes until everyone quieted down, arguments over who gets to sleep in middle at the motel, and the folks just trying to keep track of everyone were all certainly ingredients for a family fiasco. However, as one ages, those memories are well-remembered and the topic of many humorous, late night conversations. Teaching children, at an early age, to accept and enjoy traveling can also be an educational benefit. Stopping at historical sites and reading about an area can certainly give children an advantage in history class. A family vacation generally isn’t a time of relaxation, but should be a time of entertainment, a time of togetherness, and a time of discovery.
Going on a business trip can turn into a traumatic event for the less-traveled individual. Dealing with airports, hotels, taxis, and wondering when to tip and how much can all be unsettling circumstances for someone who has never been out their own hometown. In addition, a business opportunity, that requires relocation, may be more likely to be passed up by a person unwilling to travel.
Being too insistent on maintaining a particular life style in a specific place can lead one to being less tolerant of others. Those who travel to other cities, states, various parts of the country and even other countries are more likely to accepting of different attitudes, customs, cultures, and language differences.
Many areas of America suffer natural disasters causing large populations to be displaced. The event itself would be horrific enough, but having to move, without choice, can be devastating. The more a person has been subjected to different locations, even temporarily on vacations, the more likely they will be able to cope with these types of changes.
Sometimes all that is needed is a “get away from it all” vacation. It has come time to reenergize and take a break from everyday life; a change in climate and scenery can be exactly that. Traveling can also be a way to renew friendships; possibly by meeting some friends at a ski lodge for a three-day weekend. Nothing is better than getting away to solidify relationships that may be in a state of boredom. Leave the kids at home and spend a few days on the road making memories that will last a lifetime.