When traveling is more than just a trip
Why are we traveling?
See the world and discover different cultures? Without a doubt.
To recharge your batteries and forge family ties? Each summer.
Make a pilgrimage to a place close to our hearts? Absoutely.
For the love of social media? Certainly some of us.
There are many reasons we pack our bags and leave home, but between all the “likes”, the ticks on bucket lists, and that refreshing feeling of refreshing after a well-made vacation, it can be easy. to forget the fact that sometimes the journey is not about the destination at all.
Sometimes it’s just a matter of who you can see when you get there.
And when that person is a loved one you haven’t seen in a long time – a perpetually extended stretch exacerbated by a global pandemic – the journey just becomes the background music for the most memorable reunions.
I was reminded of this when my parents recently visited me in my adopted country of England.
We had not seen each other since June 2019 or in other words: pre-C19. The carefree days of that summer now seem to belong to another historical era, making the passage of the past two years longer than usual.
Of course, we had kept in touch regularly via Whatsapp, Zoom, and email, but while it may seem obvious, it’s worth pointing out that it’s just not the same as being together in person. You know, that old-fashioned feeling of hanging out in the same room with someone without having to worry about low battery, constantly asking “Can you see me?” or tell them the bad news that their microphone is turned off.
After being fully vaccinated and going through all the hurdles that international travel demands these days, my parents made it to England and we had an amazing two weeks catching up, remembering the good old days and creating new memories.
Now, there’s no doubt that parts of their two-week tour looked like a guided tour (hey, their son is a travel fanatic in Europe), but the tour was really just the icing on the cake. the cake.
For each day of going to the tourist attractions, there was an afternoon of grilling on the patio. For every day trip there was an evening where we did nothing but walk our dog in the local fields.
I’m sure it will be the times spent sitting in the back or in the pub garden pulling the breeze that we will all remember longer than the day we took that blustery river cruise.
And something tells me that due to the pandemic, there have been a lot of happy reunions like this during the summer of 2021.
So remember the next time you’re at the airport or on the road, those planes, trains, and automobiles that power travel don’t just provide a vacation vibe, they bring people together too.
Maybe it’s time to offer a client a reunion trip with old friends from school or family.
It might be time for you to take a trip to see someone you haven’t seen in a while.
Do it safely, sure, but just do it because you never know what the future holds.