The Unexpected Benefit of World Travel You Never Thought About

The unexpected benefit to world travel

The Unexpected Benefit of World Travel You Never Thought About

There are a lot of (fairly obvious) benefits to world travel. Seeing the world’s best beaches and mountains. Meeting great people and eating great food. I could go on all day. However, one of the biggest benefits to traveling the world that we have enjoyed is one we never expected.

Choosing to Ditch Dallas and move to Mexico has forced us to “live like we are dying”. What we mean by this is simple- we have forced ourselves to enjoy every moment with our family and friends. The times we get to spend with them are short lived, thus we need to make the most out of each moment. When we lived in Dallas, we lived close to both of our families. Like most everybody else does, we took this close distance for granted. We could see anybody at any time, so therefore we hardly saw them. Makes a lot of sense. I know.

Since we have moved to Mexico, we have both made a more concerted effort to talk to our family on the phone and schedule time to see them every chance that we get when we are back in the States.

The same phenomena can be said of our first trip to Puerto Vallarta. By only booking an apartment for four months, we never had enough time to feel complacent or bored. By the time we got to know our neighbors and all of the beautiful destinations, it was almost time to leave again!

Typically, after you graduate college there are no more “end dates”. Things just keep going. At least that’s how we treat them. We think our friends will always be around. We will always be close to our family and we will always have time to see them. Though we know all of these things to be false, that is how we live our lives. None of us are immune.

The benefit to world travel that we have enjoyed the most is being forced into situations where these “end dates” are very, very soon. So soon that you have no time to take these for granted. You have to live in the present moment when you only have 2-3 weekends of the year to see your family.

It may not be feasible for you to travel the world right now and that is okay. Truth be told, world travel was not in the picture for us a only few years ago. However, like we have said before, learn from our mistakes instead of making them yourself. Appreciate what you have. Spend time with your family if you live close to them. Don’t live life as though we all live forever. Easier said than done-I know. But the difficulty of living a full and present life does not compare to the regret you will have if you choose the “easy” way.

Slow Dance

“Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round,

or listened to rain slapping the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight,

or gazed at the sun fading into the night?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,

time is short, the music won’t last.

Do you run through each day on the fly,

when you ask “How are you?”, do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed,

with the next hundred chores running through your head?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,

time is short, the music won’t last.]

Ever told your child, we’ll do it tomorrow,

and in your haste, not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch, let a friendship die,

’cause you never had time to call and say hi?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,

time is short, the music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere,

you miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,

it’s like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life isn’t a race, so take it slower,

hear the music before your song is over.”

– David Weatherford 
Remember to dance slow-every minute of every hour of every day. After all, the music won’t last!


Keep it Kinetic,


Greg and Hillary

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