I read this and it has stuck with me over the years.

“Always take the trip. When you question whether or not you should go on the vacation, just do it. Spend the money. Take the time. You only have a limited number of years together as a family before your kids get busy with lives of their own, and building memories and having new experiences together are things you’ll never regret.” (source)

Our family has taken the advice to heart; traveling to national parks across the country every summer. I’ve never regretted any of our adventures.

But this year, we’ve been cooped up. Safety precautions have us stuck at home and daydreaming of past vacations, longing desperately for a road trip.

Our saving grace has been staying in the woods in the small town of Bayfield, Wisconsin. The first time we spent a week at the Cedar Creek Chalet, I couldn’t believe how recharged I felt, how much the kids needed a change of scenery, how good it felt to be “up north” in the solitude of the woods.

If you’re looking for a one of a kind present for your family this Christmas, give them the gift of travel. Plan a local trip and getaway this winter!

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5 Reasons Travel is The Best Gift You Can Give This Christmas

Here are some ways travel is a gift:

1. Traveling puts connection at the center.

It is amazing how you can feel cooped up and disconnected at the same time. The monotony of quarantine has been a challenge. Getting away from work, school, and your everyday schedules — not to mention housework, homework, and other responsibilities — means you can really focus on connecting with your loved ones.

The best things in life are the people you love, the places you've been, and the memories you've made along the way.

2. Escaping into nature is a chance to unplug.

The amount of time family screentime has exponentially grown this past year. Constant virtual meetings, hybrid schooling, online video games, downtime watching Netflix … it all feels very necessary right now. Still, there is a power to unplugging.

“Wander where the WiFi is weak. You’ll find a better connection.”

Winter in Bayfield offers the opportunity to take winter hikes, snowshoe, and ski — both downhill and nordic. Beyond adventure, it also offers an opportunity for cozy connecting — reading quietly fireside, making cookies together in the kitchen, playing a classic board game.

*All that being said, the Cedar Chalet does have a desk space and Wi-Fi if you need it for checking in with the outside world during your stay.

"Wander where the Wi-Fi is weak. You'll find a better connection."

3. Traveling local is an opportunity to be surprised.

When our cottage comes up in conversation and I tell people it is in Bayfield, I get one of two very distinct responses: “it is absolutely amazing up there” or a puzzled “never heard of it” look.

There’s a power to some places. Bayfield is such a place — it leaves an undeniable mark in people’s hearts and minds.

If you haven’t been to the area, I promise you will be surprised by the beauty of the bluffs, the quaintness of downtown, and the power of Lake Superior. The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is uniquely beautiful in each of the four seasons.

Travel is the only thing you buy that makes your richer.

4. Experiencing new places with all our senses builds strong memories.

Traveling is an opportunity to experience the beauty of our world. We can watch documentaries or look at photos, but nothing compares to actually smelling the Boreal Forest, feeling a snowflake landing on your nose, or peering into a vast Great Lakes. When we travel, we get to see, hear, smell, taste, and touch things we don’t normally. Stimulating all of our five senses build family memories that last a lifetime.

We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.

5. Leaving home is an opportunity to reset.

Traveling allows us to step out of our everyday routines. Sleeping in a different bed, eating new foods, being in an unfamiliar place — even simple things like waking up to a view of the Boreal Forest — can feel like a reset. Experiencing these new things together forms bonds and memories. After being away, you return home feeling refreshed and ready to tackle life again.

It's a funny thing, coming home. Nothing changes; everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. You realize what changed is you.

We’ve fully embraced “travel is the best gift” advice over the years — always take the trip, my friend. We haven’t regretted it, and are quite confident we never will.

Bayfield Wisconsin in winter!
Bayfield Cabin Reservations for the Cedar Chalet at Brickyard Creek in Bayfield, Wisconsin

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