Imagist poet, T.S. Eliot once wrote,
"The journey not the arrival matters."
I take this to mean that the process is more important than the end result, and I thoroughly agree with the author. Philosophically, if this quote is applied to the idea that life is a journey, then the person’s death is only a minor event, but the time between birth and death, between embarkation and departure, is what really matters.
Applying this quote to travel, oftentimes the events, perhaps trials and tribulations, that occur on the way to a destination often provide more lasting memories than the place or attraction itself. Oftentimes, the destination is a disappointment, while the interim stops provide the greatest enjoyment. To me, road trips are frequently like this, so I try to schedule numerous stops along the way to make the overall process more enjoyable.