As a passionate visitor and experience travel staff member, travel in one way or another has practically infiltrated most spheres of my life. The majority of the time when I take a trip, I attempt and fit as much as possible into my paltry 2-3 weeks holiday leave (my apologies to those who don’t even get this) and include activities like treking, kayaking, climbing and cycling. If there’s a live volcano to scale I’m there. Remote hill tribe village? Count me in!
It occurred to me recently that lots of don’t share my view. In many peoples’ eyes a holiday indicates simply that, a break from having to work. It makes me wonder why I press myself a lot when I take my annual holiday. Why can’t I just sit still on a beach and work on my tan? Do I have travel ADHD? Maybe, but then again maybe not. Everyone journeys for a various factor– boasting rights, relaxation, escape, discovery– and for me, take a trip methods finding out.
I love the experience of seeing something ‘in the flesh’ and coming up with my own opinion of it rather than reading someone else remains in a book or online. For me nothing compares to the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City and seeing the outcomes of the Vietnam War from the viewpoint of residents. Or going to the Vatican City and experiencing first hand the madness of the crowds visiting the Sistine Chapel (most of them overlooking the hundreds of great Renaissance paintings that are likewise on display in the Vatican museums).
The charm of travel is that every person, regardless of if they are doing the exact same schedule as numerous others before them, will get something various out of their experience. They will meet various people, have different highlights, and form differing opinions on destinations seen through their own individual filter and set of tastes.
I’m willing to captivate the possibility that other types of travel can be as gratifying as adventure travel, but up until now as personal experience goes, it hasn’t been the case. With that in mind I have compiled a short list of what’s so good about experience travel (in my simple and rather biased opinion).
I’m not an academic or even a history buff, however I can inform you all about Sarajevo throughout the Bosnian War, consisting of how the pavement still has splatter marks from shells and mortar hits. I discover history that a lot more fascinating when it’s right in front of me. Even better when I have a local telling me about what took place and why it was important.
This does not suggest cultural shows in ghastly traveler dining establishments where people wear conventional costumes they would never ever generally wear. I’m more interested in culture as it exists today– an untidy, disorganised mashup of new, old and ancient. Despite the homogenising result of globalisation the world is still a magnificent range of varied, vibrant civilisations and travel is the best way to begin to understand even a small portion of them.
It appears counter-intuitive, but I like putting myself into challenging scenarios and take pleasure in the sensation of fulfillment when I’ve mastered a city’s public transport system, handled a half good discussion in broken Spanish or bargained for an excellent rate in a market (which is still probably twice as much as I ought to have paid, but never mind). What is stressful at the time will eventually be reflected on with fondness and stated enthusiastically to whoever is respectful enough to listen.
No image of mine has actually ever had the ability to effectively record a moment when I see incredible landscapes. The bizarre, the beautiful, the surreal, and yet when I get home the pictures are merely shadows of the real thing. Seeing deserts, jungles, volcanoes, mountains and rivers along with man-made wonders– Petra, Angkor Wat, Machu Picchu– are experiences I can always remember.
The very best part of travel is the thinking of where to go next. Thankfully the world is a huge location and with only 2-3 weeks off a year it’s going to take me some time to make it through all of it!