Here in North America, we are still pining for European travel. With COVID-19 numbers on the rise, it might be awhile. I recently saw this facebook post from Rick Steves that made me giggle and I thought I’d share it.
There’s a lot to miss about traveling. Sometimes it’s as simple as wanting a change of scenery. Perhaps you are traveling with or traveling to a friend. Checking out a new destination or returning to a favorite spot. Family reunion. Wedding. Maybe this was the year for that trip of a lifetime. All of the excitement, planning, packing and preparation for your trip leading up to that moment you head to the airport to begin your adventure. All of these things have been put on hold while we try to overcome this virus.
But let’s be honest, even with the most positive of attitudes, there are still some things that may irk you. Bumps in the road. Things that make you roll your eyes, share a knowing look with your travel companion, or shake your head. Or bigger bumps that derail you like delayed flights or lost luggage.
As you reflect on past trips, do you find yourself remembering an amazing meal, a gorgeous sunset or that perfect selfie? Do you also, though, find yourself remembering that tourist who walked right through your photo? The incessant pestering of cab drivers and souvenir merchants? Or remember when you didn’t know what you were ordering in that non-english speaking country and wound up trying something you never would have before? Travel can bring forth all the triggers of fear and stress, but also of discovery and JOY. I think this list captures both ends of the spectrum. My favorite one is number eight. Try some of these at home yourself and let me know how it goes! In boca al lupo! (Italian slang for Good luck!)
If you’re looking for some of my favorite travel memories, you might enjoy these past posts:
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