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I have no doubt you’ve said or heard these words at least twice this year: “Where has the time gone?” In a day when we can post a picture and receive reactions from friends in five countries within five minutes and instantaneous everything is the norm, it's natural for the pace of life — for life itself — to feel like it’s spinning faster than ever. There are, I imagine, many ways to slow down time, but I can think of no better way than by traveling.
I met a young man, Jedidiah Jenkins, in Utah last month. His parents had walked across America in the 70’s and written a book about it. At age 30, he felt like it was time to make a shake-it-up-move-on-life, and so he began biking from Oregon to Patagonia, a 15-month, 13,990-mile odyssey. As Jenkins put it, “When you are a kid, everything is new: you don’t know what’s under each rock, or up the creek. So you look. You notice because you need to. The world is new. Your brain is paying more attention to every second.”
There is no doubt traveling with children can be stressful, especially infants and toddlers. There are times you feel like a Sherpa accompanying a caravan up Mt. Everest as you rush through the airport for that “quick” getaway up to Michigan from Texas to see grandma. It sounded like such a great idea when you hit the “complete purchase” button to buy the plane tickets… but now, here you are, rushing to the ticket counter carrying two huge car seats, a backpack, a diaper bag and an oversized suitcase you know will be over the 50lb limit, praying the flight is not delayed and your 5-year-old has to go to the bathroom…….
The other night at dinner I asked my wife and kids what their favorite family trip was. Believe it or not, my 9-year-old son said his was the trip to Texas I just mentioned. Not because he enjoyed watching his dad train for a second career as a...
You’ve just arrived at your destination, and it’s every bit as magical as you expected. The sights, the sounds, the smells – all of it is perfect, and yet somehow you can’t escape the lingering thought that it’s temporary. In a few days you’ll return to work, and all of this will be a distant memory. Unless…
You’ve captured the moment. Now, when you’re sitting at your desk, you can look back at this photo and relive the experience again as if you were there.
Travel photos are meaningful because they allow us to relive important experiences. They let us escape the present by transporting our minds to our favorite destinations. They also allow others to share our experiences through social media.
So how can we make those photos the best they can be?
In our recent blog, “The Hyper-Informed Traveler, a Decade of Growth,” we highlighted the growing fragmentation and complexity of media use by US leisure travelers. The travel media landscape of 2018 presents a bewildering range of media, content and channels used by travelers in researching travel and planning their next trip.
But outside of media, one channel remains dominant in shaping travelers’ perceptions and decisions–traditional word of mouth. Travelers talking to family and friends about their experiences remains the most important source of information by some distance. When Destinations Analysts plots all media by frequency of use and level of trust, no other source of information compares. The graph below from Destination Analysts highlights the dominance of Word of Mouth. The left or Y-axis plots the Level of Trust held in media sources by US travelers and the bottom or X-axis tracks the frequency of use. The size of the data points signifies the importance of the media source.
“Work hard, travel often” is a popular mindset around the Miles offices. For as much time and energy we dedicate to our work, we like to take time to plan and enjoy vacations. Whether it’s a staycation in the comfort of a hometown or an adventure across the globe, we highly value the vacation time we have to explore and have once-in-a-lifetime experiences. As travel enthusiasts, we were thrilled to get involved in Project: Time Off’s National Plan for Vacation Day.