Why Do We Travel?

It’s a valid question, especially when you consider the current economic climate and the storm clouds that are quickly converging on North America.

Most people can’t even afford to put mouldy bread on their table, yet they’re willing to whip out the plastic, cram the rugrats into the mini-van and hit the road in search of adventure. Of course, what they usually find is frustration and disillusionment, but you get the point, right?

People used to travel for vastly different reasons.

  • A select few would set off in search of new lands and cultures.
  • Some would have to relocate due to circumstances beyond their control (war, disease, famine, all the good stuff Life throws at us!)
  • Then there were those desperate souls in search of a new and better life for themselves and their brood.

But times have changed, and not necessarily for the better.

Now we travel for recreation, even though we have movie nights, sports, date nights and literally hundreds of other activities to occupy our rapidly deteriorating minds. We even have dozens of devices to surf the Web and break the tedium of the day.

Still, we feel the primal urge to roam and we willingly answer. Not that I mind. After all,  I make my living from that urge! But I look at the endless mob of middle-class zombies and business-class drones that have made their way past my desk this year and I don’t see the same twinkle in their glossy eyes.

Recreational travel is supposed to be just that, recreational. But modern travellers are frustrated and miserable before they even arrive at my little slice of heaven, so what hope do they really have for a joyful vacation?

Let us never forget that we walk in the footsteps of giants; men and women who walked this earth with a purpose, even if they didn’t realize it at the time. These individuals left the world a better and brighter place, and there’s no reason the rest of us can’t treat our time on this planet, and each other, with the same respect and reverence.

PARENTS:

Treat each trip like a real adventure and actually spend time with your kids instead of getting drunk in the room or wandering the casino or strip club! If you do that, then maybe, just maybe, they’ll grow up to be valuable members of society instead of douchebags!

You may have brought them into this world, but doreally have to pay the price?

KIDS:

Treat your parents (and hotel staff!) with respect and scale back the whining by, oh, let’s say 85%! The next time you’re trolling the web looking for naked photos of Justin and Selena, check out the plight of people your age in the Third World. Sweatshops, slavery, and daily beatings are just some of the fun activities these children experience every single day!

Trust The Hook, you’ll live a longer and happier life if you act a little grateful for what you have and don’t constantly piss people off.

GRANDPARENTS:

Make sure your family knows they’re out of the will if they don’t treat you with respect and use your wheelchair and walker as they were meant to be utilized, and not to transport luggage and booze!

Here’s a helpful tip: make sure your family believes there’s a pot of gold waiting at the end of your rainbow and hopefully they’ll treat you as they should. They don’t need to know the truth, do they?

About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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42 Responses to Why Do We Travel?

  1. mairedubhtx says:

    Excellent commentary on travel and good advice for people to follow. Thanks!

  2. raisingdaisy says:

    LOL I’m laughing but there’s SO much truth to what you say! Although maybe the grandparents shouldn’t make their delightful offspring think there’s too much gold at the end of the rainbow, or they might find themselves crossing that rainbow a bit prematurely! ;)

  3. penpusherpen says:

    loved the advice to grandparents, Hook, those golden words and reading ‘raisingdaisy’s comment brought a huge smile to my face… BUT I bet the advice to kids falls on deaf ears…SO SHOUT IT !! ;-) xPenx

  4. I say travel appropriately. So many parents don’t think about what the kids want to do, and don’t teach their kids the art of compromise: Today we’re going to see the pretty flowers in the park for Mommy, tomorrow we go to the amusement park for you. Everyone gets a turn.

    And yeah, being drunk with your kids is a bad idea. Bad.

  5. The way some of my acquaintances describe travel, I’d just as soon go into a Gladiator pit! When I picture travel, I picture going to visit friends in their locales, such as when I visited Colorado a few months ago. I’ve got places to crash all over the world, and ones that are resting place for people beloved to me. That’s what I picture when I think of travel, but I might be in the minority on this one . . . ?

    I like your proposed approach, and wholeheartedly advocate its widespread adoption!

  6. Woman says:

    I don’t really see what I do as travelling. If that makes any sense. I am Canadian. I live in China. I just travel back and forth; like a really long commute.

    But when I do take a trip to a new place and if it is willingly; usually it is for culture. And from what I have seen? You are so right in saying children… well I am paraphrasing here… they are a pain in the tuchus.

  7. I liked the concrete tips and I agree that often we shift physically but forget to change where are thoughts, feelings and actions are at…

  8. jlheuer says:

    Well my kid is 24 and doesn’t travel with us anymore, no grandkids (that’s a good thing), so we travel to see new places, eat great food and have someone else make the bed. If the airlines weren’t insane, all would be good.

  9. I agree with every word. I enjoy everythging about travel. Even hold-ups are an opportunity to watch humanity pass by. Even occassionally Rugrats. Sometimes it’s the parents who are the worst though. Another tip for parents: if you are gonna give your kid a stupid name don’t shout it across the airport waiting room – it’s a difficult choice as to who looks more stupid – you or the kid.

  10. irratebass says:

    All good points.

  11. Spectra says:

    Hint: Leave the kids at home. In a cardboard box. In the garage. A few bags of Doritos and some Lunchables should suffice. You could tell them they are being shipped to DIsney Land to save airfare. Then set up a DVD player on a timer near the box, and have it play Disney movies on repeat, untill you get home.

    Have you any doubt some of the bad parents you see on a daily basis wouldn’t consider this travel option?

  12. Caroline says:

    You make some very good points, I completely agree. I just went on vacation to New York last week and definitely had a sparkle in my eyes. ;) We were very nice to the bell hoppers at our hotel by the way, and gave them generous tips. Thought you’d appreciate that, ha!

  13. Some very good tips to follow! If only people would…

  14. HoaiPhai says:

    May I mumbly suggest that you might have omitted another reason why people travel? To escape the wrath of the hotel workers they’ve ticked off in the town they’re leaving!

  15. Brilliant! It is interesting how many families appear miserable on vacation when forced to be around one another for extended periods of time. I suspect a lot of families feel obligated to travel for whatever reason. Most-likely because they did so with their families when they were kids.

  16. PM says:

    love, love travel. on my end, i travel because i want to take my mind off things and see that there is a bigger world out there. good, huh? now what i miss from this post are some of your travel stories!

  17. TBM says:

    LOL…some good tips! Cram the rugrats into the minivan brings back so many childhood memories.

  18. jennygoth says:

    i hate travelling especially with kids love hotels though hate it when you have to go looking for a loo roll lol xxjen

  19. mindslam says:

    Great points on the three groups of people!

  20. mizqui says:

    Love your point of view & I’m going to share ur wisdom with my kid too. So real. So honestly hillarious too. (-;

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