When the tornado of life is in full swing I like to step back, slow down and reflect on all the things I am grateful for.
Travel will always be near the top of my list. It has been the catalyst for many big changes in my life, at every stage.
The most profound of these changes would of course be the fact that when I traveled to Europe many years ago, for work, I ended up meeting my future American husband. Happily married for 14 years and 2 kids later, we have traveled the world for both work and play, with and without kids, experiencing everything that travel has to offer.
I am beyond grateful for all that travel has given our family and here are my top 7 reasons why:
It helps us to bond
Travel brings us closer together and helps us bond. When we step outside of the daily grind of life and into the unknown, something fantastic happens. We really engage each other and experience new sights, sounds and smells together, as a family. There is no better bond than the travel bond.
It gives us greater understanding
Travel helps us understand the world better. We get to experience new cultures and interesting people. We love to be immersed in the local ways of living and I get such joy out of watching my kids interact with their peers who often don’t even speak the same language. Somehow, there is just a mutual understanding of play, and a friendly smile is such a warm welcome no matter where you are in the world.
We try new food and drinks
My son can be such a picky eater but, as the years have gone by, I have discovered, through travel, that he is only picky for good food! He loves to try fresh, local dishes and devours them.
It has made me have to experiment with cooking some very different food at home where we all get involved in the planning, shopping and cooking for another bonding experience, created from traveling.
I am so thankful that my kids are always open to trying new foods and truly do not think they would be this way if they had not had the opportunity to taste different foods, around the world.
We get to help people from all over the world
According to the UNWTO there are over 1 billion tourists traveling each year and that number just keeps rising. If we all travel in a responsible way we could really help the world become a better place. Travel employs more people than almost any other industry (I am just one employee!)
There are millions of people involved in the travel industry somehow or other. That’s a lot of jobs! So, if we all travel sustainably and responsibly, such as staying in environmentally friendly properties or participating in tours that employ locals, we could make real positive change for our planet and it’s inhabitants.
Jessica is luxury Travel Advisor based in California. She is a Mother and experienced traveler who is passionate about curating travel experiences for adventure-seekers who want to explore the world in style. Read what it's like to work with Jess.