Recently I had the opportunity to reflect on travel past, present, and future with travel podcaster Laura Hoffman of Amidlife Traveler. We talked about our current and past travels and what we each plan for future travels. As we reflected on the benefits of travel, we discussed common travel tips that we share as world travelers.
We each prioritize travel in order to grow as a family and to learn more about the world by actually experiencing different cultures. We talked about some of the places we have enjoyed. And, we discussed where we might like to visit in the future and what we each hope to experience in these future travels.
I met Laura at the Travel Blogger Exchange (TBEX) conference in October 2017 in Killarney, Ireland. I recognized her as a traveler who really wants to get to know each place she visits. Laura shares short stories in the words of the people who live and work in each place she visits, as well as through the first-hand reflections of fellow travelers in her podcasts. Check them out at www.Amidlifetraveler.com on iTunes and on other podcast platforms.
Five travel tips based on our past, present, and future plans are included in this article. Listen to podcast Episode 50 of my One Perfect Day in Travel podcast by clicking on the audio bar at the end of this article for even more of our thoughts on travel.
Travel Tip 1: Value experiences over things.
Although it is difficult to find time and money for travel with a full-time career and other obligations, make time to prioritize travel. Laura and I both believe there is more benefit to collecting experiences than collecting things. So, in order to have the experiences of travel, consider driving an older car and resisting the latest fashion trends or expensive items that may not bring the long-term enjoyment that travel and travel memories will bring to you and your family.
“It wasn’t easy, but we made a commitment as a family to value experiences over things.” – Laura
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Travel Tip 2: Enhance family togetherness through the experience of travel.
Laura and I each felt that we grew as a family through travel in ways that we would not have experienced without the experience of travel. Laura, her husband, and her son enjoyed family skiing in the Andes Mountains of Chile in August. Their family conversations, away from the day-to-day distractions of school and work, were meaningful and enjoyable.
“When you travel together as a family, it changes the dynamics. It changes the types of conversations you have.” – Laura
My own family loves reminiscing about the times we spent traveling by train and car across Europe. We loved playing cards on the train as we traveled through the Bavarian forests of Germany as we looked out on the snow-covered trees in winter.
“As a Disney fan, one of the place that was really special to my family was seeing the castle that inspired Walt Disney.”
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Travel Tip 3: Learn more about the world through first-hand experiences of those who live, work and visit travel locations.
Consider the value of education through travel. We learn best through experience. The intangible learning about others goes beyond learning more about the history and geography of places visited. Laura shared that her son learned more from their family visit to China than from any computer game or technological toy.
Travel Tip 4: Reflect on past travel experiences as you learn and enjoy the memories of good times.
And, speaking of learning, study abroad experiences last a lifetime. Both Laura and my daughters learned from their school study abroad programs. These memories provide the foundation for future learning and wonderful lifetime experiences.
“One year, my family chased winter and skied the Andes Mountains in August….that was awesome.” – Laura
Travel Tip 5: Consider planning future travels to places to learn more about different cultures or to gain a different view of a place you have visited in the past.
Laura would like to go to Patagonia and Antarctica. When she was in Chile, her experiences there helped her see how much more there is to learn about and do in the area. She and her family loved visiting Easter Island, easily reached from Santiago, Chile.
I plan to return to Rome to focus on Christian sights. When I return to Italy, I definitely want to visit at least one location I have not yet visited. The Cinque Terra is on my list!
“One of the next travel experiences that I look forward having is visiting the Cinque Terra in Italy.” – Cindy
Do you have more travel tips that you could share? I would love to hear from you! Please add them below as a comment or send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time, I hope all of your travel days are just perfect!