Looking back over 2018, we had a full and very diverse travel year. We were able to visit family and friends, travel for work, and travel close to home. We have discovered a few travel truths, which may help you plan your next trip.
- Long haul travel is difficult for a plethora of reasons (cost, time, jet lag,etc), but renting homes has made a big difference. Houses allow you to wake when you are naturally inclined to do so, stumble into a kitchen and make a much needed cup of coffee. Houses provide the space to spread out, do laundry at odd hours, and cook meals on your own. Working through jet lag in a home is so much more convenient than in a hotel, providing the opportunity to cook, play, and whatever you may need or want to do during the wee hours of the morning, or late at night. Privacy and space are fabulous when embarking on long haul travel.
- Don’t forget to be a visitor in your old home. When we visited California, it had been years since we stepped foot in the Golden State, so we took the opportunity to see the State with fresh eyes. We hiked new trails, visited new beaches, explored new areas and showed our children new locations with family and friends close by. Though we had lived in the State for years, the journey was intoxicating for us all and it provided our children with a small lens into the lives we once live and the people we spent our time with. What a joy!
- Staying home can be a true joy. This summer we opted to stay in Switzerland and explored different parts of the country we had never visited before. We still had the wonder of newness and excitement, without having to board a plane. Together as a family we hiked fresh trails, visited new villages and fell deeper in love with Switzerland. Staying close to home can be a fabulous option.
Wrap up – Rent homes for long haul travel instead of staying in hotels, visit familiar places with fresh eyes and marvel in vacationing close to home. Travel well!