The words “Journey” and “Destinations” both conjure the idea of travel, but have distinctly different meanings.

Journeys verses Destinations

What is a Journey?

A dictionary states that a jour·ney/ˈjərnē/ noun – plural noun: journeys – is an act of traveling from one place to another. For me, journey is lifetime exploration and is synonymous with travel; It is something that is continuous. A way of life.

“Ones Destination is Never a Place, but a New Way of Seeing Things.” -Henry Miller


des·ti·na·tion/destəˈnāSH(ə)n/ noun – – plural noun: destinations – the place to which someone or something is going or being sent; An endpoint.

For me, the act of traveling is always about journey, and not destinations. I see destinations as more of waypoints along my journey. Of course, the physical places I visit, and those still on my personal bucket list are a huge component of my experience, but not the reason and certainly not the takeaway.

Destinations are an important tool to map out a journey, assemble diverse experiences, and to use as a guide to plan your travel.

Why do we travel?

I believe people travel for the journey, not the destinations. For example, people travel for curiosity, for relaxation, for the opportunity to learn language or culture, for self discovery, to experience something new, for adventure, to rejuvenate, to be in nature, to test oneself, and to escape. Where they end up is a part of the whole, but the magic of travel really stems from more than the destination itself.

How do you choose your destinations?

Choosing travel that is right for you can be a difficult task. Sometimes you just know what you need or want, or have a special place on your bucket list(free bucket list download). This makes it easier.

See Jenny’s Bucket List

Sometimes, deciding where to go is more challenging. You know that you want to go somewhere, but you are just not sure what is right at the time. Things to consider when planning travel can be due to many factors, such as needing to take others into consideration, budget, and time restraints, to name a few.

To see many factors to consider and questions you can easily answer to help you narrow your search for to find the best place for your next trip, See Jenny In Wanderland article, How to Choose a Travel Destination.

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