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VOL. 129 | NO. 156 | Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wiedower

Lance Wiedower

Discovering the World of Travel

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What does travel mean? On one hand, it’s a vacation from everyday life, an escape. It’s an opportunity to have your physical pains massaged away in a spa while an ocean breeze momentarily relieves your stress and worry.

Travel is also a chance to experience new places and discover unique cultures while gaining a better understanding of the world.

And even when it’s intended for leisure, travel can be tiring. After walking the streets of New York City, wandering the halls of the Louvre or hiking the Grand Canyon, you just might need a vacation.

There’s no right or wrong way to travel. For every luxury traveler, there is a backpacker on a budget. For every family on a tropical vacation, there are solo travelers exploring the world.

Welcome to The Daily Traveler.

In this space, I’ll explore what travel means to me and share some best practices and advice for various travel styles.

Looking for tips on traveling with a toddler or teen? Yeah, it’ll be here. But you’ll also read about the best travel apps and websites, thoughts on eating healthy on the road, packing tips and some off-the-beaten-path destinations to consider for your next family vacation.

Speaking of destinations, I’ll profile unique locations from time to time, some within a few hours’ drive and others that take an extended flight to reach.

Why me, and why travel?

Travel is a word that has had special meaning to me ever since my parents piled my brother and me into the car for a two-day drive from Central Arkansas to my uncle’s house in Miami when I was a kid. That drive was hot, torturous and never-ending. And looking back, I love what every minute of it did to create my passion for travel.

I enjoy seeing new destinations, experiencing unique cultures and trying local foods. Travel is part of who I am.

The timing of the launch of this column in Memphis couldn’t be better. As we began putting together the idea, Memphis-based Southern Airways Express announced a slate of flights to SEC cities this football season. Two days later, Delta announced it would cut nonstop flights between Memphis and Denver and Memphis and Austin, Texas, as well as temporarily cut flights to Las Vegas during the slower winter.

To say it’s an interesting time to be a traveler in Memphis is an understatement. This column will occasionally touch on those challenges and ways to maximize the flight opportunities that do exist in Memphis.

But this space won’t dwell on the constantly changing picture at Memphis International Airport. In fact, my family’s travel has probably tripled since Delta Airlines dehubbed Memphis. Southwest has expanded into the market, and United, Frontier and others have added flights.

Where others see challenges, I see opportunities. I believe it’s an exciting time to travel. Welcome to the journey.

Managing editor Lance Wiedower’s column appears every other Tuesday in The Daily News and The Memphis News. For more travel inspiration, read his blog at tripsbylance.com and follow him on Twitter at @tripsbylance.

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