Having a Travel Goal or List

The opposite of a great truth is also true.”  — Gretchen Rubin

Last week, I talked about the pitfalls of competitive travel and letting your travel decisions be driven by a checklist, selecting destinations you aren’t passionate about simply to say you have been there. I still believe everything I said there is true. Except when it isn’t. (See that? “The opposite of a great truth is also true.”)

Let’s look at why having a travel goal or list can be useful!

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Image by TeroVesalainen from Pixabay
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How Many Countries Have You Been to? And Does It Even Matter?

In the world of travel, there is a relatively small group of competitive travelers seeking to set records. Who can beat out the youngest person to have visited every country in the world? Who will be the first African American solo female traveler to do so? The joy seems to lie in collecting the passport stamp and checking another country off their list.

What does their influence mean for the rest of us? Does it even matter how many countries you visit?

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Image by Stefan Schweihofer from Pixabay.

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Air Travel & Service Animals

Warning: This post contains adorable puppy photos!

We here at The Trip Takes Us love all things travel-related, so we recently accompanied a service dog in training on a familiarization trip to Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) for his first exposure to all the craziness an airport has to offer.

Come meet Hero Dogs Captain as he explores this new environment and find out what  we learned!

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Hero Dogs Captain reporting for duty at DCA

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Death in the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park is a place of immense beauty on an almost incomprehensible scale. For good reason, it is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. People come from around the globe to see this divine abyss with their own eyes. Too many forget, however, that national parks are not Disney World. They feature Mother Nature, often at her cruelest.

Just this morning, a 70-year old visitor to the Grand Canyon fell to her death–the FOURTH such falling death in the Canyon in the past month.

Based on the foolish behavior we witnessed at the Grand Canyon last week, it is almost surprising that such tragic deaths are not even more frequent. You will not believe what we saw!

The Grand Canyon viewed from the Rim Trail
The majestic Grand Canyon, viewed from the South Rim. A place of both immense beauty and great danger.

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Penguin Palooza

Family-friendly Penguin Encounter

Penguin mania is about to hit the country with the Earth Day release of Disneynature’s new documentary, “Penguins”. However, penguin mania has been a constant state of affairs at our house for about 11 years now. My youngest son has always had a thing for penguins, so over the years we have sought out ways to have penguin encounters in the U.S. Here is one of our favorites that is sure to please kids of all ages.

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Using two fingers, the boys are allowed to gently touch the penguin.

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The fire at Notre Dame teaches me a lesson I must learn over and over

Ancestry DNA tells me that I am 100% of French descent. This matches everything I know about my family history. I have vivid memories of being home with the chicken pox in the fourth grade, trying to teach myself French from the books in our home (my father spoke French before English, and my mother went to school half the day in English and half in French). I eventually became fluent in French and spent one glorious year living in French Alps. I am not French, but France is a part of me.

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A friend shared this image of the fire, taken from City Hall

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Ask a Pilot!

What Unexpected Things May Be Happening on Your Flight

This week we had the opportunity to interview Rene, an airline pilot for one of the U.S. legacy carriers. He shared so much great information that we can’t possibly fit it all into one post!

Today Rene tells us about what unexpected things may be happening on your flight while you are busy enjoying your pretzels.

Number three was a bit of a surprise!

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Travel Mishaps–Are The Things That Go Wrong What We Remember the Most?

Hello blogosphere! I have missed you. I have been laid up for a week with the flu but am now crawling my way back. Since I have not been at my best, I thought it might be fun to write about another time I was not on top of my game. So, today we are going to talk about travel mishaps. And I don’t mean weather events, acts of God, or other factors out of our control. I’m referring to those instances when we need to look in the mirror and admit “mea culpa.” We are human, and humans make mistakes. I hope you will either laugh at or learn from mine and share your own!

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Why “The Trip Takes Us”?

Our Why

At The Trip Takes Us, we want to help you travel more and better. What’s stopping you from exploring the globe? Time? Money? Knowledge? Decision fatigue? We will help you overcome all of these obstacles so you and your family can enjoy more travel.

In July 2017, our family experienced a life-changing event. On her way home from work, Kathy was hit head-on by a car while walking in a crosswalk. In a split second, our lives were changed forever. The road to recovery from broken bones, bruises, pain, PTSD, and a traumatic brain injury is long. Every day, we are reminded that tomorrow is not promised to us.

The lesson: Don’t put off the things you want to do! We cannot possibly know what the future will hold, so live your dreams today.

We are not digital nomads or location independent. We are regular people with jobs, kids’ schedules to juggle, volunteer commitments and, sadly, no trust fund. Nevertheless, we have rebuilt our life around travel, and you can too!

The Trip Takes Us is our opportunity to share with you how to build more travel into your life today. We hope to inspire you to stretch yourself, explore new places, avoid common pitfalls, grow, and have fun.

Our Name

We believe in the transformative power of travel, so in naming our blog, we drew on a favorite quote by author John Steinbeck from Travels with Charley: In Search of America:

“Once a journey is designed, equipped, and put in process, a new factor enters and takes over. A trip, a safari, an exploration, is an entity, different from all other journeys. It has personality, temperament, individuality, uniqueness. A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. Tour masters, schedules, reservations, brass-bound and inevitable, dash themselves to wreckage on the personality of the trip. Only when this is recognized can the blown-in-the glass bum relax and go along with it. Only then do the frustrations fall away. In this a journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”

Thank you for joining us on this journey. Please be sure to subscribe to inspire YOUR next trip. Where will the trip take YOU?

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