Travel is my passion. It’s not my only passion; I think I’m a pretty passionate person overall. I’m one of those folks that throws themselves into a task I really want to do, and I really love just about everything to do with travel. So when I speak to people I work with ,or other friends and acquaintances, I usually am pretty enthusiastic about where we’ve been and where we are going. People are always asking to travel with us. Always. Does this happen to you?
The problem is, travel is really an individual thing. Not that you have to do it by yourself, but how you do it is completely different from one person to another. Travel is just living, but living in a place that you are not used to, a place that you are out of your comfort zone. Folks handle this in a variety of ways, and everyone has their particular likes and dislikes, or limitations.
For an easy example, Jim and I eat anything and everything that is offered to us. Everything. We have eaten everything from fermented mare’s milk passed around in a bowl that everyone took drinks from to grilled beef intestines with a side of silk worm. We don’t just turn it down, we want to try it. We hope locals will offer us something to try. We love that part. So, you can imagine any dietary issue that someone has, whether it be philosophical or physical makes it hard for us to travel with them. It’s limiting, but not only that, those folks shouldn’t want to travel with us either, since we have no limits.
Another example is just as critical to having a great time. Sleep. I love to sleep, but I do like to wake up early. Sometimes we get up and go out for the sunrise before returning to the hotel or going out for breakfast, and sometimes we just like to be there when breakfast starts so we can get out and do things. Then again, by late afternoon, I’m pretty finished. I have no intention of going out partying, and I want to go to bed soon after a nice long leisurely dinner. Therefore, my accommodations really don’t have to be anything too spectacular. Just like everyone, I like to be comfortable, but not pampered.
Pampering costs too much. I want to spend my money going places, doing things, eating great food…not sleeping. I can sleep almost anywhere. In India we stayed in “three star” hotels. Most were just fine, but a couple were even pushing my limits. They had buckets in the shower because the water supply was so inconsistent. But overall, we don’t mind staying in a spartan place, with few amenities, as long as it’s clean, has a private bathroom, and has wifi…the rest is gravy. Again, this separates me from all of those people that feel a vacation is a time to be pampered and want to stay in a minimum of a four-star hotel, complete with pool, spa treatments, and whatever else. Hey, I like those things, too, but not for every night. In fact not for most nights.
Now, don’t go thinking that I am a cheapskate. I don’t skimp on some things…like food. Jim and I will pay a pretty penny for a good meal. Again, not every day, but this is something we love so we don’t mind paying for it.
The bottom line is the way I travel is different from the way you travel, and like the quote says. This is my dream, you can follow yours any way you like!
What is your dream? Tell us in the comments!