TRAVEL WITHOUT BOUNDARIES & EXPECTATIONS
This is a quote (source, unknown) that I literally live by when it comes to travel. I know, as human beings we have expectations of a way we think our travel destination should be. After all we picked it for this particular reason, right? For, example, last September, Dr C and I, many of you may remember, went on a coastal trip of the Amalfi Coast. Well, we knew exactly what to expect because of what we’d seen of our destinations on social media and glossy mags! But, a lot of you may not know, generally when I travel, I have no expectation what so ever. For me this is the winning formula for no disappointment and gratitude for discovering a new place be it a hotel, city, experience or person.
Recently I was asked what my worst travel destination has been. Well, hand on heart, I can say that I have never had a bad travel destination. Yes, I have had a couple of bad experiences whilst travelling but it’s what you make of these that counts and that they do not defy the destination as a whole but a snap shot of bad luck!
For this month’s travel link up, judgement, expectations and disappointments are the hot topic. I’m focusing on my personal memorable travel experiences, which I have entered into without bated breath and have left me with nothing but gratitude for the opportunity of travelling to that part the world.
The day I found the Baltic States, I literally found the crown jewels! Well no not exactly but you know what I mean. My first introduction to this part of the world was through a city beak to Riga. I still to this day have people ask me why I chose to go here! The problem is that Riga has been cauterised as a Hen and Stag haven, giving it a little bit, if a bad press In my opinion! Well travel for me, is all about going somewhere that I know nothing about, somewhere I can be educated and learn of a new culture. I’ve got to say, a destination I literally hadn’t seen so much of but that’s what I loved about it, the unspoilt nature of not Knowing what to expect.
If you’ve never ventured to the Baltic States before, get a little taster from my post below..
Another of the Baltic destinations I actually visited this year was Tallinn. It is so much more than just a cruise stop for the day or a few hours. The Old Town is a complete UNESCO World Heritage site and if you followed my trip, I had no idea there was so much to do, see and of course eat. To date one of my favourite destinations ever and yet a couple of years ago, I knew not much about this little gem.
If you fancy learning more about Estonia’s capital, look no further…
I’m guessing you’ve probably read my Vietnam itinerary by now and learnt of one of my favourite trips ever. We visited a few years ago, Vietnam was just breaking into the tourism industry, with many places still being unspoilt and untouched. One thing for sure at the time was that I couldn’t help but think how under-rated it is. This is my travel style, adventure, the unknown and the stories and remnants of the Vietnam War. In the words of Robin Williams, ‘Good Morning Vietnam’ indeed!
Heading or planning a trip to Vietnam, well you’ll want to refer to my itinerary…
PHNOM PEHN, CAMBODIA
One of my most humblest moments on my travels was when I sat next to Mr Chum Mey, a survivor of the Khymer Rouge genocide in Cambodia. A true example of having no expectation, of living every day as it comes and still having the strength and enormous courage after being tortured by the Pol Pott to lift your head and be grateful for life. This is what travel is about. Learning that something so harrowing occurred in your lifetime and its impact on a destination, its political and economic state of affairs.
You all know I love my remote locations and sustainable lodges but staying on the Osa Peninsula at El Remanso Lodge was literally taking that to another level. No contact with the outside world, in a jungle with A LOT of wildlife including a roaming Puma is something one has to get used to. I know many couldn’t take to this but my adventurous side saw this as a challenge to unplug and immerse myself into the activities. What did I learn? Well that I am quite the Ornithologist and love a spot of bird watching!
You can have a peruse of the activities I took part in from El Remanso Lodge below…
‘Travel without boundaries and to experience the unknown’
I’d love to know all about your travel expectations and/or disappointments. Why were they so memorable and did the disappointments ever manage to redeem themselves? Let me know in the comments below!