Weekend Travel Inspiration – Anatole France
Harmony, health, balance, zen. These are all things we are constantly trying to achieve. As teachers, Jim and I are on a strict schedule which thankfully allows us to indulge in our loves of getting out into this world and experiencing it in every way that we can. However, especially as a travel blogger, it’s easy to default to just jetting into a new city, pounding the pavement for a long weekend, and jetting home to go to work. Even though I enjoy this as well, it certainly lacks something that I think is integral in getting to know a place, and quite frankly, more personally for me, to really like a place.
Large cities, and especially capital cities like Skopje or Oslo, are a must when traveling to a new country. That’s where you are going to find the country’s collections of important art and artifacts, government offices (if you need a visa), cultural events, and other services. You can certainly go to any city and stay for a few days soaking in the history, the night life, the bustling daily life. What you can’t get is fresh air, a look at their agriculture or landscapes. You can ‘t get a feel for how life may have been lived in that area for hundreds of years. Cities typically are more modern, and even if they are not completely modernized, they are definitely going to be more so than in the tiny villages and countryside.
For my own personal balance, I really want to expose myself to all of what the country has to offer. I feel better when I’ve gotten off the pavement, walked on a dirt path, shook hands with a local, and eating some hearty local dish. So this year, as we make plans, I’m hoping to limit my stays in larger cities to just a couple of days, vowing to get out of the streets and shopping arcades to see and feel and be part of the landscape. Jim and I do this already as we often go by car versus plane, but it’s still not as much as I want to or maybe even need to. If you saw our post on the places we’d like to get to this year, then you’ll know that this secondary goal of re-establishing our travel harmony should be relatively easy to achieve.
How about you? What are some of your travel goals this year?
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