Why Travel?

Flying to Los Angeles, California
 I am set to take on a new job in a few weeks. Wanting to take advantage of the time before starting the job, I considered visiting friends in California. I tended to vacillate on taking this trip for days. I found the following valid reasons to travel: One, my friend tends to give really comforting words based on her strong belief in the Lord and after what my family has gone through in the past year, I need those. I would consider this trip a much-needed retreat. Secondly,  I wanted to make new memories to supersede the memories from last year on my birthday. Thirdly, I thrive more in life when I have new experiences, explore new places, and meet new people. I found only one caveat-there was the expense of travel to consider about. 

Famous Hollywood sign
In the end, my decision was encouraged by this quote by someone, " Take vacations. Go as many places as you can. You can always make money. You can't always make memories." Another close friend of mine also reinforced this thought. So I did make the trip.

One of the best personal rules I look forward to when traveling is that there is no rule. I or a friend will have an itinerary set for the trip but I can allow myself

Wayfarers Chapel in San Pedro, CA

 to be spontaneous and be taken away by the history of the places I visit, the experiences I may have, and just learn and enjoy them. 

Whatever your reasons for traveling, I think the pros may always weigh more than the cons. As photographer Harvey Lloyd said, "Travel is like an endless university. You never stop learning."

Safe travels everyone!