The Best (and worst) Parts of Traveling

There’s a popular expression about the journey being more important than the destination. But when it comes to travel, I’d argue that this statement isn’t always true. Sometimes, it’s the complete opposite.

For our family, a lot of road trips are just as much fun as the final destination. I love stopping at oddball locations, checking out things that make each area special. Plus, having hours on end to privately talk or read with my kids makes the journey fun.

Plane travel, on the other hand, is  a completely different story, a necessary evil to get me where I’m going. Here’s why:

  • Security checks – Since 9/11, air travel has become a pain. The ever changing list of things you can’t bring in your luggage is annoying, but for me, the worst thing is having to go through an extensive pat down since I can’t go through the metal detectors. I’ve been felt up more thoroughly by TSA agents than by some of the guys I’ve dated. Seriously. It is not pleasurable. It is absolutely the worst part of my journey. You’d think with all the technological advances we have, there would be a better way.
  • Aisle chairs – Riding an aisle chair to get to my seat is no big deal. Getting strapped in with a five-point harness and leg restraints makes a simple task ridiculous. I get that some passengers with less mobility than me might need this support, but in all honesty, there have been times when I’ve had more straps and buckles holding me into an aisle chair than I wore to go parasailing. Not even kidding. Again, there has to be a better way.

As frustrating as the bad parts can be, the good parts more than make up for it, obviously, or I wouldn’t keep doing it. So what makes the journey worthwhile?

  • Seeing more of the world – I love exploring, seeing new places, trying new things, experiencing as much of life as I can. Travel teaches us so much about ourselves and the world around us. I enjoy soaking up every bit of that.
  • The food – I love to eat 🙂 Trying new restaurants, new cuisines, is a big part of the whole travel experience for me. Sure, every once in a while I’ll give in and eat at a chain, but most of the time I look for places that are unique to the place I’m visiting. Food says so much about an area. It only makes sense to me to make local dishes part of my travel.

These are my top two, but there are are plenty more reasons to travel. I covered some of them in a guest post called 7 Intangible Benefits Your Child Can Gain from Traveling With You, and many of these reasons apply to anyone who travels.

What about you? What are the best and worst parts of your travel experiences? Tell me in the comments!

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  • Candice Hartmann 7 December 2017 at 7:43 am

    Definitely the food! And just walking the streets of a new city and looking at the architecture and the history.

    • Sherrie 7 December 2017 at 9:45 pm

      Same! I come home with so many pictures of buildings because they’re all so different and beautiful 🙂

  • Annie Soul 9 December 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Travelling is a challenge, whether that is physically or mentally. The best part of travelling is overcoming those challenges, some of which you dont even know about until you are forced to face them. The worst part of travel is ignorance, especially when people judge you for your appearance or gender. Travel is more of an internal journey than you realise, and this self-discovery can be priceless. Thanks for your post!

    • Sherrie 9 December 2017 at 3:54 pm

      So true!! Traveling really is an inward journey as well as an outward one.

  • Vick 9 December 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Worst part of traveling: Waiting at the airports. I`m not afraid of flying but something about the waiting and the whole process of security checks, etc, just wears me out.
    Best part of traveling: Being able to see more of this amazing world and having memories that most people won`t ever have. I`m so lucky to be able to travel as much as I do!

    • Sherrie 9 December 2017 at 5:49 pm

      Love this answer! And yeah, the memories are priceless.

  • Lisa Bulpin 9 December 2017 at 11:22 pm

    I’ve never traveled, but I dream of it and hope to one day! I can only imagine how intense it must be sometime and particularly frustrating for someone with a disability but I’m sure the positives far out weigh the negatives.

    • Sherrie 10 December 2017 at 12:01 pm

      I hope you do get to travel! But some of my favorite vacations have been road trips exploring the area close to home.

  • Harassedmom (@laurakim123) 10 December 2017 at 12:12 am

    Waiting for flights! I am not a fan of that. But the best part is always exploring 🙂

  • thewaywardwalrus 10 December 2017 at 11:45 am

    First off can I just say I love the name of your blog! I absolutely love reading posts like this one that shows a different perspective to traveling that not everyone experiences. It helps others become aware of the struggles one faces and hopefully how to improve them! Like figure out another system besides the excessive pat downs… unless the TSA agent was a hottie, then you know¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    • Sherrie 10 December 2017 at 11:58 am

      Haha! Haven’t met any hot TSA agents yet 🙂

  • Agness of Fit Travelling 11 December 2017 at 3:06 pm

    As a long-term traveler, I couldn’t agree more with you. These are some ups and downs all of us are faced with, Sherrie. Excellent post and a great read!

  • A Busy Bees Life - Sheri 11 December 2017 at 9:25 pm

    I have travelled all my life and just use my VIP pass to go through security so it always goes very fast, no waiting in line.

  • Toya 18 December 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Traveling definitely comes with its headaches but as you stated seeing a new piece of the world and the food make it all worth it!


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