“He leadeth me, O blessed thought, O words with heav’nly comfort fraught! Whate’er I do, where’er I be
Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.” Lyrics He Leadeth Me
To Texas and Back
Almost home! Not much longer. We took a drive out to Texas and back in a week. It doesn’t sound like much of a trip as we were not gone that long, but we enjoyed it nevertheless. We’d at least checked on that traveling tip before we left. The weather looks great, sunny and clear but cooler than when we left. We expected that as a cold front was moving in.
I love to travel! When I was young we didn’t travel much as we had a very limited income and little to nothing to spend on taking trips or vacations. When my mom did marry again, we did travel to Mexico occasionally. I don’t remember those times as being pleasant at all. We often stopped and just slept in the car, all seven of us, instead of a motel. Not a fun experience for a bunch of young kids since all that I remember was lots of dirt roads and that other native kids made fun of us.
The only other trip I remember as a child was my sister and on a trip to visit went on a trip to my aunt in South Dakota on her ranch. We got to learn to ride a horse and visit Mount Rushmore. I enjoyed that experience much more even though my sister and I still felt really awkward staying with aunt and uncle we hardly knew.
Now as an adult, I have been to several states, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Paraguay, and Canada as well as Mexico. Many of those were much more pleasant and memorable trips and great learning experiences as well. What’s so great about traveling? Isn’t it much safer and comfortable to stay at home what with threat of diseases and terrorism nowadays? Yeah, it may be much more comfortable and safe but we sure miss a lot of things if we never venture out in the ‘unknown’.
For one thing,….traveling can be much more than just fun. Traveling helps one have healthy aging, boosting one physically, cognitively, and socially. Those who travel are usually more active and research says that being physically active can help one have lower rates of illnesses like heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and even a lower risk of falling.
Meeting new people, learning about new cultures; are things that help with stimulating the brain. Maintaining or starting a new social connection later in life has positive benefits on mental health, even for older adults. http://www.investopedia.com. It is always good to have some tips for travelers to follow to help traveling go smoother and be more enjoyable. Here are a few general tips I remember from our recent trip.
- Plan ahead as much as possible. Know where you want to go, how you need to get there, how long its going to take, what stops you need to take along the way. Also arrange for any guides, contacts you might need in the places where you plan to stop.
- Book Hotels and know where the gas stations are if you are driving. Find out where any restaurants are or stores to buy food unless you were able to pack or bring your own which is always a good way to save money if possible.
- Decide whether you need to bring cash, or where you can access it if you need to, or appropriate debit/credit cards.(but not necessarily all of them as they are more apt to get misplaced or lost; only the one of two that you need)
- Be sure to pack appropriately for the weather and place where you are going. Don’t forget any medication or vitamins you may need to take regularly. It also would be a good idea to know how get medical care or a doctor if you need access to one for some reason.
- Plan, but don’t overdo it, and at the same time be flexible. Even the best laid plans get changed at the last minute through unforeseen circumstances (like weather, sickness, vehicular breakdowns.)
I enjoyed our brief visit to Texas, we saw some sights we hadn’t seen before, museums like FrontierTexas! (http://www.frontiertexas.com/ ) and ate at the BEEHIVE Restaurant. Although a little chilly, the weather cooperated for the most part, and we ate well. We enjoyed the time away from home however brief. It is always good to take a break from the routine and do something different. I enjoy meeting new people, and learning new cultures. I hope it won’t be too long before we get to Texas again, however I would not mind going to visit or travel elsewhere. In fact, I look forward to doing it more often. Until the next trip, happy trails to you all!
“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain