What do you think this would be? Have I got a surprise for you…or maybe not. Think about it logically. What is the destination to which the people in your own family are most often willing to travel? According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, the most visited country is France. According to Business World, London is the most visited foreign city in the world at 16.8 million visitors in 2013. (Actually, NYC topped the chart at 53 million, but only 10.9 million were from foreign countries.) Most of us would think it’s some place like Epcot Centeror Disney World (which is the # 1 Tourist Attraction with an admission fee). Here it is Travel Tuesday, and I’m thinking about what I want to write. 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! Kathy and Carl were visiting with Iris and Oliver last week, and on Tuesday morning, just about the time they had to leave, Carleen arrived with her four! (Aaron had to be in CA with Facebook during that time, so he couldn’t come.) So, as I began to think about how to find time to write a post that day (which I’d intended to write on the Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia), I decided to put it off for a week in order to talk about the world’s most photographed and truly MOST popular, all-time favorite travel destination. Most kids figure it out really fast. Have you figured out what it is? Yup, it’s Grandma and Grandpa’s house. Right? Best B’n’B in the world (or at least our geese think so). 🙂 Somebody needs to inform the statisticians that they’ve overlooked the obvious! Isn’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. 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! Still, there’s something I love much more than glitzy city lights…my family. 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?” I 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 Destination. 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!