While travelling recently I was having a quiet evening relaxing in my hotel room when a thought came to me- why do we travel?
Seems simple enough!
But first let me qualify my terminology- to go on holiday for me means to go to one place and simply relax. Be it a beach, a spa, perhaps even a mountain chalet where you stare out at the view and sip red wine in front of the fire. No where to go and no where to be.
Travelling on the other hand is a packed trip, sights to see, museums to visit and a culture to explore.
Basically you need a holiday to get over your travelling!
So why do you travel? Is it to see as many sights as possible? Perhaps you like to immerse yourself in the culture and stay in B&B’s or people’s houses; buying food from local markets and living as they do. Or do you prefer the view from your 5 star balcony with guided tours by day?
For me it’s a question of timing and funds.
Gone are the days where back packing around Asia, moving from hostel to hostel and eating from street markets is a viable option. I have that t-shirt.
I prefer a slightly more planned approach now. Sitting down on the computer beforehand and researching reasonable hotels, points of interest or even unusual spots off the beaten track is where the fun begins. I like to know what might be down that little ally before I venture down to find only a deserted warehouse – I clearly do not have the ‘legs’ I used to!
Exploring is one of the great pleasures of my life, it may be half way around the world or just the next village. There is always an adventure to be had.
I hope to share a few of these trips as I go.