Why do I love to travel? As you can probably guess, I get this question quite a bit. While many people see travel as a relaxing time, many others dread the packed airports, long customs lines, and the inherent strangeness of being in a culture so different from their own. This is why preparation is so essential!
The planning part of the trip is the most fun to me. Just try to look at the stunning images of southern Africa and try not to get excited! From the powerful Victoria Falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe to the vibrancy of Cape Town, researching different places to go and things to do feeds my excitement for upcoming trips.
Oh, and you can’t forget the local food scene! Local dishes each tell their own stories. These recipes are passed down through generations and shared with the public with a true passion, showcasing the history and flavors of their countries. To me, an amazing meal has the same value as sightseeing or taking part in an activity – it’s all about making memories!
While I love the planning stage, one thing I keep in mind when I travel is that these plans change, either by my choice or by forces out of my control. Be flexible! Traveling is a time to explore and discover. Find your way through the culture you’re in – ask questions, try the food, view the art. Run away from the beaten paths and allow the country you’re visiting to elevate your tastes.
In closing, throw away your GPS! Just let your experiences happen … get lost and discover the unknown. Drink in the sights, sounds, and tastes of your vacation destination and it will feel invigorating.