(credit) Lonely Planet
TRAVEL, TRAVEL, TRAVEL
I absolutely, devastatingly miss traveling (refresher HERE). *sigh* As I’ve gotten older, I’ve traveled less…and vacationed more. Yes, yes, to some people, perhaps even you, traveling and vacationing are the same thing.
Due to time constraints I find myself vacationing more. Work gets in the way. Life gets in the way. Responsibilities get in the way.
You see, for me, traveling was more of an adventure, where I’d pick a place to visit – a region – and bring my trusted guidebooks and pack some essentials and just go. Arrive. Savour. Walk and walk and walk. People watch. Meet people. Learn by word-of-mouth where to visit, where to see, what is worthy of a look. Maybe I won’t see the main attractions, maybe I will. It doesn’t matter. Maybe I’ll stay longer here and no longer go there. It doesn’t matter. It’s always so much better.
Then…there is vacationing where I rely on others, mostly packages or tours to help things along since I can no longer dilly-dally at my chosen destination. I have to get ‘er done. I can’t waste precious time vacillating on the mainstay items such as where to stay, and how to get from point A to point B. I do, however, only frequent tours that don’t have a definite set plan for activities – I like the ones where you are free to do what you please and the guide merely tells you where you’re staying and what time we’re leaving to get to the next place. But alas, it’s still not travelling like I used to do…
Yet I am so grateful for my new travel reality, because at the end of the day I’m still visiting another wonderful part of our world. Fresh eyes. Open heart. Big smile. Oh yes, and lots of vaccination shots too!
Next stop for me?
Peru. Macchu Picchu here I come!