Traveling road warriors

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There is an artistic act of neatness in which we pack bags, then there are those cool apps downloaded to speed check-in, and the privileges we take for granted that make long distance travel easy, efficient, smooth, comfortable. Every time we leave home, we continually gain expertise about where to go to find the best foods and the finest places to enjoy, where locals prefer to go. It's all very pleasant but never ever overlook what really matters, sharing time with family is the very best part of traveling.

When we spend limited time with our loved ones, we realize how lucky we are to have strong, resilient family members. They cope and we want them to carry on. We just have to realize: they do so by counting us out.

The only one who really suffers is us. Everybody else will manage. They always have and always will. They'll just do it without us. It's our choice. Whenever anyone asks a road warrior what they care most about, many place family at the top of the list. But actions speak louder than words.

We are extremely thankful that we were able to share wonderful moments with family members in California and then in China. Once we return, we realize that although it's good to be home, we miss our loved ones and wish we could live closer to them.