2018 was a year of adventures. You might have already seen my review of travel for 2018 late in December but something I didn’t really talk about what I learned about travel and myself in regards to my recent adventures. Here’s 5 things I learned about travel and myself that might help you when it comes to traveling.
1. I enjoy travel most when I don’t feel like a tourist
While I loved traveling to places more well known, I also really enjoyed the instances when it was just me and my friends/family looking out on whatever land we were visiting. That was one of my favorite things about Iceland and Cornwall, you felt one with nature rather than one in a million people walking around. Find a way to feel like a local or at least not a tourist 24/7 on your travels.
2. I really enjoy planning vacations
I have to admit, I really enjoy planning our travel adventures. It gives me something to look forward to for each adventure we partake in. It also provides us with a plan of action each day. If you plan it right, you’ll be able to fit everything in and have a lot of time to explore each individual “attraction”. My advice: figure out days based on geography of an area, that way you won’t be traveling back and forth to places.
3. Sometimes local travel is just as fun as far away travel
When staying close to home, I found a new appreciation for where we live has to offer. It’s something really remarkable when you feel like every weekend you can find someplace new to experience around your hometown. I hope this year, it happens more.
4. I really appreciate history, which is a good thing and a bad thing
I really love history. It’s one of the many reasons I ended up in Philly, DC and London in 2018. But one thing I’ve noticed with that is that it’s sometimes hard to see how people react to historical sites. When we were at the Tower of London, I was extremely upset with all the selfies — this is a place where there was a lot of death and a lot of heartache, so that was hard for me. At the same time, the history in all of these amazing cities was breathtaking — it made me very aware of how young of a country the states are, and how small we truly are.
5. Traveling with Different People is so Worth it
My travel experiences in 2018 were all over the place. I didn’t travel with the same person on each trip or adventure, but in fact, mixed it up. I couldn’t have been happier with it either. In fact, I found that I learned more about each individual person who means so much to me and got to have memories with them in a way I wouldn’t have had if I went on these vacations with the same person each time. It was “quality travel” time with the people most important to me — how could that not be perfect?