I just booked tickets to the United Kingdom with stops all around it. As usual in my trip planning, I posted a question in a couple of forums as an aid in my planning. I was very unprepared for the negativity that came my way from two forum members. They were apparently offended at the way I planned to travel and that I would not be spending enough time enjoying their country. At first it really upset me. Then I started thinking: Is the way I travel wrong?
One of the big reasons that I started this travel blog is because I experience so much of the world. I am frequently asked by friends and acquaintances how best to plan a trip because I really experience a lot when I travel. In my non-travel life, I don’t sit still very often. I am energized being out in the world. I don’t often get tired. When I look back at regrets in my life, they fall more along the line of what I haven’t done– not what I did. I regret that I was too afraid of vaccinations to do a missionary trip to Haiti in high school. I don’t at all regret spending my twenties working very hard to be a dentist, but wished I would have taken a semester to study abroad. I am not limited in energy now, but I am limited in time off and finances for travelling. I don’t regret seeing so much of Iceland in only four days, which involved a lot of driving and changing hotel rooms. Or seeing Northern Italy, Austria, Slovenia and Germany in ten days with my dad. Or my road trip around New York state with my family last summer. I loved these trips and this is exactly how I like to travel.
Being part of this world of travel writers, I am surrounded by a lot of opinions. There are strong advocates of traveling full-time or part-time and why or how people travel. I would assume travelers would be the most understanding of others’ choices. I believe one of the biggest reasons to travel is to broaden our understanding of the world and its people.
Part of the beauty of this world is that people are all so different, and therefore their stories are too… I hope for all of us that we can realize that others make their decisions based on their needs, wants and limitations.
There is no right or wrong way to travel. Whether you like to take as much in as you can as fast as you can, or you stop to smell the roses, we are all writing chapters in our own books in our own way. I hope yours is fabulous!
You can read about My Hare (Raising) Experience Traveling to Belize.
What is your style of travel? Do you have any travel regrets?