As I sat in the San Antonio International Airport waiting to head home, it hit me. Was it the best time to take a trip? That depends on perspective. On one hand, I haven’t found a new job yet so maybe I shouldn’t have spent the money. On the other hand, I can list positives that far outweigh spending money. Why is travel important? Let’s take a look.
- Quality time spent with my high school sophomore
- Celebrating his 16th & my 53rd birthdays
- Wonderful time spent with amazing friends I haven’t seen in quite some time
- Exploring a new city
- Outstanding food experiences
- Getting the chance to encounter and interact with many kind residents
- Relaxation (even if I spent the trip with a nasty cold & cough)
- Driving in a new city (stressful but out of comfort zone fun)
- Priceless 5 days of entertaining, engaging and intimate conversations money can’t buy
While it’s certainly important to have funds to pay the bills and to meet basic needs, it’s also important to do things that interest us and bring us both relaxation, as well as feeding our passionate sense of adventure.
There are many free or low-cost things to do in most towns. Or, when you take time to research, you may come across a great deal that’s just too good to pass; so you break out that credit or debit card and buy the plane or train tickets and go for it. Life is too short and we can’t take money with us. Our experiences though, create priceless memories that we will forever carry in our hearts.
If I didn’t say yes to the deal, I would have missed the things listed above. I also wouldn’t have been able to walk through or meditate in this old quarry that has been beautifully transformed into a Japanese Tea Garden.
If I didn’t spend the money, I would have missed the opportunity to pray in this simple yet glorious church that’s hundreds of years old. I would have missed walking through the other areas of the missions and missed learning about an important piece of history.
If I didn’t say “We only live once, buy the tickets!”, I would have missed the most tantalizing meals and fascinating conversations. The brisket at Texas Pride barbeque can be cut with a plastic fork. Your meat is wrapped in brown paper, your sides come in small cups, you dine at picnic tables, camp style and it’s honestly some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. I also got to experience more authentic Mexican food than I can find in Pittsburgh. Oh, and I cannot forget to mention the Crispy Deviled Eggs at Max’s Wine Dive and the taste bud pleasing Crispy Chicken sandwich and garlic-Parmesan fries at Down on Grayson. If you are ever in San Antonio, give these places a try; you won’t be disappointed!
Because I took the leap, my son and I got to spend time with dear friends. There was much laughter and lively, intriguing conversations. We got to hear my favorite [former] pastor preach in his new church. We got to catch up with a long time friend that included kicking off plans to visit Tuscany (my dream trip) in 2020.
And last, but definitely not least, I finally got to meet an online friend in person. It only took three years but worth the wait. The conversation was as natural as if we see each other all of the time. While I encourage using caution and an appropriate risk-based approach, don’t rule out meeting people you’ve previously only spoken to online.
There are so many fascinating people on this planet; expanding our horizons benefits us in so many ways. If you read my other posts, you know I firmly believe soul mates are all over the place and can be great friends (not necessarily spouses or partners).
Why is it important to travel? To get out of our comfort zones, to explore the sites and wonders of this planet, to sample different cuisine, to meet exciting people and learn of their cultures, to be jet lagged, giddy, adventurous, and passionate. We travel to feed our souls, open our hearts and minds; to view the world from a different perspective. We travel to relax, unwind and rejuvenate; to make everlasting memories.
Most importantly, we travel for ourselves, To remember who we are at our core before the world interfered; to remind us to look up, to be grateful. To remember that we are a vital part of this universe and never to miss the magnificence of a sunset no matter where we are in the world.