Traveling has been a passion of ours for many years. Growing up, I didn't travel much at all. We took two road trips during my childhood: one to Disney in the back of a Dodge Omni, and one to my grandparents' house in Colorado.
There's just something addictive about getting out of your own element and experiencing other cultures. Seeing foreign sights, tasting different foods, and hearing other languages gives us some perspective into the diversity of the world.
I've been asked, "What has been your favorite destination?" The short answer: ALL OF THEM! Each place we've been has it's own unique and amazing qualities.
For some hustle bustle and vast cultural diversity: New York City!
For an isolated, ultra-quiet white sand island paradise: Maldives!
For some of the most unique plant and animal life I've ever seen: Costa Rica!
For some amazing ruins and to catch a glimpse into the passage of time: Greece!
For a short domestic flight to some great beaches and delicious seafood: Miami!
For a short international flight to some great beaches and Mexican culture: Cancun or Cabo!
For fabulous Italian food and an eclectic setting where you can't take a bad picture: Venice!
For a tropical paradise with amazing sunsets: Hawaii!
For ultra-modern architectural and engineering marvels against a traditional Middle Eastern backdrop: Dubai!
For majestic mountain scenery and crisp, fresh air: Rocky Mountains of Colorado!
For watching people lose lots of money: Las Vegas!
I imagine you could probably add some pretty interesting places to the list!
And you don't have to start big. Heck, the great state of Texas is basically it's own country. A few hours road trip can get us to just about any topography and cuisine we want to experience.
Regardless of the destination, I find it hugely therapeutic to regularly unplug, get of town, and recharge those batteries!