Tomorrow I leave for a week long family vacation. One whole week! While I've already expressed that I wished it was to a beach somewhere, it's not. My family - mom, dad, sister and I will be exploring our nation's Capital.
No matter what the destination though, there are always things to love about traveling.
1 | Seeing/learning something new. Even in your home town you can find new things, but on a trip the whole setting is new! I love to explore and learn new things. I especially love historic settings - HELLO DC! Whether it's scenic nature, a historic anecdote or classic architecture, there's something of value to drink in everywhere you go.
2 | FOOD. One of the best things about traveling for me is trying new food (and beer!). There's always something local and different to try. Plus - there are no diets on vacation!
3 | Time with those who are close to you. Traveling allows for some serious together time - whether that's with your significant other, your family, your friends, or, sometimes, if your adventurous, yourself. The time away allows you to reconnect in a way you don't every day. Being separate from the "real world" let's you just be together or find yourself.
4 | Getting away from it all. Whether it's a weekend camp trip or a 3 week adventure to Europe, just getting away from your everyday stresses is a blessing. Being able to unplug and detach from your daily responsibilities can be so refreshing.
5 | Coming home. To me, often the best part of a trip is coming home. Seeing that wagging tail of my best friend, queuing up the DVR and crashing in my own bed. You come to appreciate home so much more while you're away. Sure - vacation has some way better perks, but "there's no place like home."
Tell me, what are your favorite things about traveling?