5 Things I Learned From My 2018 Travels

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?

8 thoughts on “5 Things I Learned From My 2018 Travels

  1. Amar Singh says:

    A great way to sumstothe year and all the travels. Seems like a lot covered yet a lot more to see. Love the posts and reviews you carry out. Hope you travel more in the new year.

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  2. Follow My Anchor says:

    We are so similar! I also enjoy being connected with unspoilt nature, this is one of the reasons why I loved Iceland so much. And I totally love planning my trip too. I feel like I’m already there when I start planning and that my vacation has started already. And yes, we need to explore more our surroundings. I live in Rome and there are people who travel to my home city from all over the world, and me? I just live there. I promised myself I would find time to explore more places around Rome. Great thoughts!

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    • The Perfect Honeybee says:

      Oh I hope you do! I’m hoping to visit more around my area and hike more. I live literally 20mins away from the largest state park in the United States, I need to go do that more (super remote too, so I’ll feel like I was back in Iceland too!)

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  3. Nicole Anderson says:

    I could very much relate to so much of what you have shared here. You’re first point of not feeling like a tourist is something that is so important if anyone is to truly appreciate a place. The planning of any trip in terms of researching, prioritizing and then deciding on your final itinerary can be almost as exciting as the adventure itself! I think a major key to successful trips (irrespective of how far away or near a place is) is just to keep an open mind and actively want to learn and absorb the character of a place and her history, people and natural surroundings.

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