There is a great benefit to traveling, other than the obvious ones of seeing new sights, hearing sounds, and smelling and tasting new cuisine.
A big benefit is a deeper appreciation of home.
While we did not travel far, coming home was a joy. Driving straight through from Santa Fe, New Mexico is not a joy, but knowing home is at the end of the journey makes it all worthwhile.
For us, we knew our dogs were anxious for our return, which is nice.
BUT by far the best and most important part of returning home is that Mom and Dad are there to greet us, no matter how late we finally arrive.
For most people they return home, unload the car, and slip back into their homes and their roles with little fanfare of their return.
For us, Mom and Dad stayed up late and as soon as we drove in were out there greeting, hugging, and kissing all the prodigal children from their trip! It is nice to know that someone misses you and even better, that they care that you return.