There is nothing like a road trip. We drive to Melbourne to visit family at least once a year. I really enjoy the drive. I find the drive to be incredibly cathartic. The stress just drops away the further we drive.
My husband and I pretty much always stop at the Giant Koala. We have seen it in its good years and seen it in its pretty run down sad years.
It is part of the journey. It’s also one of our stranger rituals.
We often go and explore landmarks. We go off the beaten track to see what the fuss is about. It takes a bit more time but for us it’s not just about the destination; it’s about the journey.
There was no way, when I was a kid, that my parents would have checked out any landmarks. The fact that we were going on a holiday was enough excitement for them. We got to our destination as quickly as possible. Holidays were stressful for us as a family; best to get them over and done with.
But Graham and I like to do things differently. We love to explore; to check out the local history. We often stay in one place much longer than most people would think to do so. We like to get to know the people; to really get to know a place.
In life we make choices. If we are always all about the destination, chances are that we will miss out on the journey. The journey teaches us so much. It connects us with people, places and experiences. We can apply that learning to help us make better decisions. Decisions that reflect the value of others and different thinking.
I challenge you to think about the journey. To take the time to visit often ignored landmarks or towns. Go off the beaten track and visit the town centre rather than using the by-pass. The world is a glorious place - check it out!