If there is one thing we get serious about – it’s traveling. Some of my earliest and dearest memories involve traveling with my parents, and it is only through travel that I met my husband. SO here are 12 reasons that you need to take a vacation this weekend (feel free to use this to convince your spouse that your next trip to Hamilton should be this weekend).
1. It increases your understanding
We like to think sometimes that, since we live in an interconnected world, geography plays no role in who we are. We trick ourselves into thinking that since we can talk to someone halfway around the world, then we must also think like someone who grew up halfway around the world. While it might make us feel better, thinking this way leads to a lot of misunderstandings and unintended insults.
If I had never travelled to Texas, I wouldn’t understand why they are so proud of their state.
Did you know that Texas is the only state allowed to fly their flag at the same height as the American flag?
Neither did I! But now I do – because I went there. And you should too.
2. It opens your mind to new ideas
When I traveled to the Lake of the Ozarks I thought I was just visiting family for the weekend… by the time I came home we had decided to open Dawson Retreats. Granted, coming home with a business idea doesn’t always happen. My point is, by getting out of our daily routine we came across ideas and ways of life that we never would have thought about otherwise. And that came from just traveling across the state!
3. Helps you appreciate where you came from
After going on a trip and seeing life on “the other side of the fence” as it were, you realize that maybe the grass is just as green where you came from. I always thought that it would be so much more glamorous to live in Europe, but then I went there. And after staying a couple weeks there, I realized how truly spectacular America is.
When you spend time away from home, it gives you a chance to miss the things about it that you didn’t even know you appreciated.
4. Added Self-Confidence
Unexpected experiences come with travel – they kind of walk hand in hand. So when you go on a trip to a new place, something unexpected is going to happen. When it does, it’s all on you to handle it and you know what? I bet you handle it beautifully! I also bet that after you handle that unforeseen potential disaster you think to yourself, ‘wow, I didn’t know I had that in me. Maybe I’ve been underestimating myself’. And you would be right.
5. New Friends
This one is a given – when you go somewhere you’ve always wanted to go you are going to meet people there who have the same interests and passions that you do. For example, if your wife likes quilting and takes you to Hamilton you are bound to meet other men whose wives like quilting and drug them to Hamilton. Now, hopefully your common passion will be that you both love your wife, not that you hate quilting. . . My point is, you are never alone and there is no better way to discover that then going somewhere you’ve never been before.
6. Social Engagement Detox
One beautiful thing about getting away from it all is that you are “getting away from it all”! By ‘all’ I mean all of the church activities, dinner parties, shopping dates, Facebook posts, and babysitting nights. Now, you will have your phone with you when you travel, so you won’t truly be unreachable.
But you will have a built in excuse as to why you can’t do whatever your friend back home is asking you to – you’re not there!
Trust me, it’s a wonderful feeling to be master of your own schedule! Us women like to tell ourselves that we control our schedules, but deep down we know that all our friends and relatives around us hold more sway than we might like to admit.
7. New Experiences = Experiences to Remember
Do you ever wonder why the young feel like time creeps by while the mature feel as if it is going to fast? I have a theory… For the young, everything is new and exciting. Each experience seems monumental and potentially life changing. And since every experience is new, it is also worth remembering. Thus, when they look back on a year they feel like an entire lifetime as passed!
For those of us who aren’t quite that young anymore, our days have fallen into somewhat of a routine. “Potentially life changing moments” don’t come around quite as often. ‘New’ has lost its luster. Maybe that is why when we look back on our year, we don’t remember much happening. And because we don’t remember much happening, a year passes by in the blink of an eye.
But when you travel to different (new) places, new experiences come along with that. New facets of our friends and companions pop out and we find ourselves soaking in the moments and remembering every second.
8. You see your role in the world differently
Going through our day-to-day lives we can easily lose ourselves in our responsibilities and forget why others trusted us to be responsible for those things. And why they were so important to begin with. But when you travel you see families who don’t get the expertise that only you can offer. And you get to see how others handle your same responsibilities.
When my husband and I travelled to Utah for a wedding I saw a lot of people I didn’t know, and I got to meet a lot of family that I didn’t know. . . But because I didn’t know them, and didn’t know all the skeletons in their closets, I could appreciate what they were doing right. And I was able to see my role as a mother and a wife in a different light.
9. Freedom to be yourself (and find yourself)
When I was the new kid in school I was told that I could be whoever I wanted to be – that I could reinvent myself and try out new things.
Traveling is a lot like being the new kid at school.
When you travel, no one outside your group knows you. It gives you the freedom to leave your past behind and take in a deep breath of freedom. Be who you want to be – not who your society thinks you are. If you do this often enough, you’ll be able to find who you really want to be.
10. Gives you a new appreciation for what you have
Absence does indeed make the heart grow fonder (and if it doesn’t, you’re probably better off without it). As a new mom, I crave those 1 hour naps during the day like you wouldn’t believe! But by the time my little girl wakes up I realize that I’ve missed her smiling, giggling face. It’s similar when we travel. Getting away from everything allows us to step back and determine what we really need in our lives. Being away from my daughter for a short period of time shows me how much I enjoy her – but if I never got that break I think I would go insane and be unable to appreciate the moments I have with her.
11. Strengthens your core values
It’s easy to stand up for who you are and what you believe in when you are surrounded by people who believe and act the same way. But when you get out in the world and are suddenly the minority when it comes to your personal values and beliefs you have the opportunity to stick to your guns and defend what you’ve chosen to shape your life around. Nothing could be more important!
12. You get new fabric! (Ok, this is just for Hamilton, MO travelers)
Really, what could possibly be wrong with getting more fabric!? You’re making something with it that many people will enjoy for years to come. You’re adding beauty to the world. And you’re having a blast doing it! Seriously, what more do you need in order to convince you that a trip this weekend is possibly the best idea you’ve had in a long time.
You really can’t afford not to come.