I don't think of going to England as traveling.
Yes, obviously I pack a suitcase.
Yes, obviously I pack myself into a pressurized metal tube for over 9 hours.
Yes, obviously I need my passport.
So you might think all these facts above equal up to travel - right? Well in the literal sense of the word, yes going to England is traveling. But traveling to me is about the unfamiliar and the experience.
Wait don't take that the wrong way! I see new places in England and I have incredible experiences. BUT I don't go to England for those purposes.
I go to see my friends.
I go to enjoy their company and spend time with them.
When I go to England, some days we go out and about and do touristy things, other days we stay at home and play lego (the 'we' in this comment involves Oz and/or Edward who are both 3 years old). Sometimes I help Ruth with housework and sometimes we scrapbook together.
Its not about being a tourist, it's not about ticking little boxes off on the "to see" list. It's about spending time with friends. Thus to me, this is why I don't consider going to England to be travel.
I can't resist a few fun photos of my most recent non-travel to England:
|Charlie at Guide Camp|
|Vee juggles at Guide Camp|
|Jamie and Ruth|
|Ruth, Paul and I|
|Alice sitting next to Edward|
|Bethan enjoys the sun|
|Oz, Edward, Christopher and I enjoying a sunny summer day next to the wading pool|
|Susan and Oz playing|
|Puddles are perfect for splashing - right Oz?|