Another reason to love traveling

If you have found my travel blog, you know why it is the most exciting and rewarding activity you can do, and even better when family is along for the ride. I could go on and on about various adventures that happen as I discover the vast variety of the world. I seem to have great luck in attracting unique situations. It is not always about scenery and sites, however, because there is more. As you revel in a new culture and appreciate another dimension of life, you also meet people of immense interest. The list I have of the most intriguing people is very long. And it is way for interesting than those on Barbara Walter’s show. On my trips here and there, fascinating men and women come into my life at odds times. They want to share their stories with someone new, and I am ready and willing to listen. I have been invited to tea in London and for pastries and coffee in France. I have stayed in an ice hotel, a yurt in Africa, and a cottage in Sussex. In the US, I have talked with teens, mothers, grandparents, and other travelers, some on the run from something chasing them in life. As for me, I am chasing adventure and experience. I have met artists and artisans of various arts. One of the most interesting was an old welder, long retired from the construction industry. Now he was expressing his love for metal in an array of expressive hand-crafted sculptures. His stories were riddled with mystery and meaning, and I intended to unravel them as we spoke. What intrigued me most was his confession of faith and how the spirit of the Lord invaded his work. It is not often that people speak of the deeper dimensions of life and I ate it up. He must have felt that I was a kindred spirit. As I urged him to reveal his inner truth, he divulged the great loss in his life: his beloved wife. When I became drawn to a small wiry sculpture that had been welded from metal debris, he mentioned that it was an image of his wife, not her physical appearance, but her celestial being and he'd used a MIG welder to make it - I felt it go through me as I touched the delicate shape. It was the most eerie feeling I have had while on a trip. I wasn’t in a shaman’s teepee or a wise man’s temple. I was with an ordinary human in an ordinary place. But these are the very places that such things happen. You can’t go out looking for them; they must come to you. The experience of oneness with this man and his wife was beyond compare.

This Trip Stayed With Us (in a bad way)

I tend to extol the virtues of travel and love to recount the richness of my past and present experiences; but there are also trials and tribulations to relate. Not everything goes perfectly when you are away from home. It doesn’t have to be a huge ordeal, but some little problem that rears its ugly head and ruins the vacation for the entire family. We have run out of bottled water when abroad and gotten terrible sunburns on the coast. Sometimes our luggage is lost and sometimes it bursts open on the conveyor belt. All kinds of issues arise everywhere you go. You take the wrong clothing and find yourself sweltering or freezing, as the case may be. Someone slips on a piece of gum on the sidewalk and incurs a little bruise on the knee. Anyone can get up late and miss a plane or forget their purse in the hotel. Any times, my cell phone has gone dead as I am in the midst of tracking down a family member. The culprit is poor planning, bad luck, or fate. Most of the time everything is wonderful or I wouldn’t be writing a blog about the greatness of travel. We don’t always enjoy the plane ride (when it is bumpy and scary) or the hotel we choose. The mattresses and pillows can be too soft or hard. There might not be enough towels or room in the tiny closet. One of the worst aspects of one trip was a stale cigarette smell that came wafting down the hall to our non-smoking section. I guess when the hotel advertised this feature, they failed to mention that it was absolutely adjacent to the smoking area. Now I had to face bedding and clothing that reeked of a distinct odor. I had to find a way to get it out. There was no way I was going to pack shirts and underwear and carry the evidence of cigarettes back home. No, they did not provide air freshener in the room. However, I did light some matches that someone had left in a drawer. I also used them to light a candle I had bought in a local shop as a souvenir after getting the idea from That did the trick. The lovely lemon scent filled the room in minutes, permeating the soiled clothing at the same time. I imagine that this sort of situation has happened to many travelers, especially those who frequent budget hotels. I sincerely recommend that you take travel size air deodorizer with you. It will come in handy in many situations. Of course, the moral of this story is that you don’t want your trip to stay with you (in a bad way). Keep scented sachets in your luggage.

Faith-based Destinations

Taking a faith-based destination, on the other hand is much more personal. Although, dreaming to go somewhere, I jot down certain places I would like to o to. It being a more spiritual journey because nothing gets you in the mood for living than a spiritual journey. In fact, it's not only one of the most positive things you can give yourself as a human being, but it's rejuvenating and inspiring to keep living in faith. Even more and depending on where you go, who you meet, or what've you've learned, you always come back refreshed and inspired.   Faith-based destinations, fortunately, will give you a sense of appreciation for life, a purpose. It'll give you a sense of gratitude and something important to look forward.   What I get out of it is a memorable experience, and when you plug-in what you believe in, whether its God or some other entity, your faith in it will build up becoming more stronger and keeping you alive, like a flame burning with life. It's a big part of traveling to these types of destinations, and if you have faith in your life, you should own it. Actually, without it, life isn't the same.   Life can become a gloomy-looking grayish cloud over me if I didn't have hope, faith and love in life. It's a great guide to live by and the journey is always where the magic is encountered. This is why traveling is so important to me and my children.   Visit historical places   A weekend getaway may be all you need. It's an ideal way to go on a spiritual journey for a bit. Whether you go to the Vatican or a local missionary retreat, the time to begin planning is now for a faith-based getaway. Yet, you do need the right planning to make it a success. If you're the social type, you'll certainly enjoy the tour-type vacations. When you take tours with others on the same path as you, you'll notice how the effects are immediate. It'll be unexpected for some but you'll meet people and can make long-lasting relationships.   On the other hand, the gracefulness of traveling alone, with your family or with your friends, will always keep you "refueled." The meaning behind these beautiful landscapes are what help these places become a more meaningful trip. They've become sanctuaries and the main reason why these are the two (of many) top faith-based destinations to visit someday.   The Garden of Gethsemane (Jerusalem, the foot of the Mount of Olives)   Visit the garden where Jesus walked! Jerusalem was a place where Jesus walked and millions upon millions of people endure taking the same path as they walk to the Garden of Gethsemane. This particular spiritual place is becoming even more popular today than ever before. With millions wanting to feel and have a first hand look at where Jesus was said to walk this is a place to visit. The trees in the garden where the final place he visited 'voluntarily' and before he was crucified is also an emotional place to visit. It's a place where people remember him, his death, and his resurrection which followed. The 900-year old trees have a majestic look to them when you walk into its surroundings. This is the place where Jesus prayed before he left the physical Earth which is so mystical and awe-inspiring. 1.   It's located at the foot of the Mount of Olives, (Jerusalem), the Garden of Gethsemane. In general, it’s the most interesting and one of the most popular places to visit. The Garden is recognisable to most faith believers as it was the last place Jesus was before he was crucified onto a cross. In fact, he prayed here and it was also the day "...He was betrayed by Judas." 1.   Experience Noah's Arc (Kentucky)   Sitting on location nearby other tourist attractions in Williamstown, Northern Kentucky, a replica of Noah's Ark is beautifully structured and visited by 1M a year. Opened for tours on July 7, 2016, you can see it with others while taking a grand tour of it! Teams worked steadfast to get it constructed and while it did take two years to complete, it weighs 25K pounds! The official name, The Ark Encounter and owned by Answers in Genesis. Make sure you allow for more than 5 hours to visit since the three level Ark has quite a few things to see. There are current exhibits that are worth the visit.   - Animals on Board - Noah's family - The Flood - Why the Bible is True   With this in mind, planning to take a vacation soon will be a mind-opening journey. Nevertheless, it's a refreshing thing to do to alone or with others on the same path as you. It's optimistic and will help you regroup and get inspired for a new season. As a result, traveling to a faith-based destination like these two of a multitude of places to go to will not only keep you in a spiritual journey uniquely defined by its surroundings and history, but will help you appreciate what our world has to offer. To take a faith-based vacation is to retreat and feed our spiritual soul this Spring or Summer.   Source: 1. Religious Travel Planning Guide. "Venture to the places where Jesus..."