Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions and feelings. On a plane, we are constantly bombarded with the “roar of hornets” as our cabin pressure increases due to the loud screeching of the engine. The sight of smoky smoke in the distance and the ominous “crunch of steel” as the wheels of an airplane begin to seize upward reminds us of the endless possibilities of travel. Even when we are at rest, the experience of being on the road reminds us of the trials and tribulations of life and travel. We long to escape from the “real world” and go on a journey of discovery.
When we travel, we are subject to the weather, the time of day (and season), traffic conditions, and the culture of the place we are traveling to. There is always something new or exciting to make us pause and reflect for a moment. Suddenly, we may be jolted by the unexpected cold or rain and may have to deal with traffic that is either very slow or wildly rushing by. We may feel the need to switch from our A/C to a window seat so that we can take in the scenery. We may discover that while we had intended to be somewhere this particular week, we do not want to go home until next Wednesday.
While we are tempted to rush out and buy a new outfit to wear while on vacation, there may be something far more important than what is trendy or fashionable. We may be tempted to grab the first few bottles of wine or alcohol, we can get our hands on, even if it means risking our safety. Traveling tends to magnify all of these factors in our lives, making them far more stressful and difficult. Instead, we should attempt to relax, enjoy the scenery, and try to enjoy each other’s company while traveling.
When we travel, we often are exposed to strange customs and strange foods. A large number of people from the United States are required to eat a particular food on airplanes, such as peanuts and grapefruit, or any other restricted item. Others will refuse to eat anything that is not meat of some sort, such as fruit. The point of a vacation is to relax, not to experience hardships. If we are forced to consume strange foods, then we will likely experience some form of nausea and will not enjoy our vacation.
Some people prefer to stay home when on vacation rather than travel. Why? It’s not necessarily that they cannot travel, but it could be more trouble than it is worth. They will not only have to put up with housemates, but they will have to pay for their own lodging, which may be a higher price than it would be to stay in a hotel.
However, there is nothing stopping us from relocating to a different city or state, or even the country. Why? If we can’t get along with our fellow humans in that state, then maybe we can get along with our fellow humans in another state, which may be a better place for us to live. In fact, many successful people have moved from one country to another, usually for business purposes. Some have even traveled beyond the country’s borders to find new friendships. In today’s world, it is not impossible to travel the world if we are willing to go through the effort.
What is the result of all of this travel? For most people, a vacation that they remember fondly is one where they experienced the company of other people. They enjoyed themselves and bonded with their hosts and the places they visited. Some of them developed strong ties to their new countries. They could not stop talking about their vacations, and their travels in general, for years to come.
So, if you are currently traveling, you may want to think twice about your plans. Maybe a second, third or fourth vacation is in order. Who knows? You may be surprised at just how good it feels.