The World’s All-Time Most Popular Travel Destination

 St. Thomas 2011What do you think this would be? Have I got a surprise for you…or maybe not. Child on couchThink about it logically. What is the destination to which the people in your own family are most often willing to travel? Eowyn at the Leaning Tower According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization,M+E at Eifle Tower the most visited country is France. The National Gallery. LondonAccording to Business World, London is the most visited foreign city in the world at 16.8 million visitors in 2013. New York City at Night (Actually, NYC topped the chart at 53 million, but only 10.9 million were from foreign countries.) EpcotMost of us would think it’s some place like Epcot CenterCinderella's Castleor Disney World (which is the # 1 Tourist Attraction with an admission fee).Playing with Baby. Noah's Ark Here it is Travel Tuesday, and I’m thinking about what I want to write.Learning to swim Last week when it was time to write my “Travel Tuesday” blog, I missed posting at all because, well…because I was just too busy! Playing in the poolKathy and Carl were visiting with Iris and Oliver last week, and on Tuesday morning, just about the time they had to leave,Meiijer Garden Carleen arrived with her four! (Aaron had to be in CA with Facebook during that time, so he couldn’t come.) Family Dinner So, as I began to think about how to find time to write a post that dayCatherine's Palace copy (which I’d intended to write on the Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia), Taking picturesI decided to put it off for a week in order to talk about the world’s most photographed Instruction on kayaking and truly MOST popular, all-time favorite travel destination. Kids on kayak Most kids figure it out really fast. Children looking out window Have you figured out what it is?  Yup,  it’s Grandma and Grandpa’s house. Right?Goslings on lawn Best B’n’B in the world (or at least our geese think so). 🙂 Enjoying Dinner Somebody needs to inform the statisticians that they’ve overlooked the obvious! Home on LakeIsn’t that so often true in life? We overlook the profound significance of the commonplace—the beauty of light and the warmth of love—that are right in front of our eyes. “No matter how humble, there’s no place like home.” Amen.  Jonathan. Manhattan Times Square in NYC is one of the most visited places on earth, but many locals say it’s a waste of time. Really? I think it’s incredible. It teems with life & energy!Rowboating Still, there’s something I love much more than glitzy city lights…my family.Stand up Paddleboard (SUP) Don’t you love your family even more than the amazing places you visit? I mean, ya…we all have our ups and downs, but don’t you spend more time going to see your family than any other “travel destination?” Airplane in SunI hope so! If not, I hope 2014 is the year you make the effort to visit
The World’s All-Time Truly Most Popular Tourist DestinationSunset, Stephen playing And, it is my prayer that if you go—even if it’s really, really hard—you’ll come home really, really glad you you made the effort!

“Honor thy father and thy mother, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.” (Deuteronomy 5:16).