Travel in Depth

I love to travel. That said, the experiences I have on my travels make or break the trips. I’ve been on tours which required me to sit for hours on buses, expected to listen, or at least stay quiet, while an expert guide told the group all about the places we were visiting. Some of it I read in an expert guide-book or on the Internet before I came. Much of it was new information–quite interesting for the first twenty minutes. After  hours and hours over days and days of listening, however…. Perhaps it’s because I’m a visual learner. I forget most of what I hear.

When I remember my favorite trips or times I enjoyed most on my vacations, they were those during which I met people from the area or strayed away from the must see sights to visit a mountain path, a country pub, or a tiny village where tourists rarely flock.IMG_3043

Also, it seems to me I remember every one of the people with whom I’ve talked personally in far-flung locations, each of us smiling a lot, gesturing, and using what little of the other person’s language we knew. So what if we didn’t understand every word? We were both proud of the parts where we connected. If it was a person who spoke English and could give me inside info about his or her part of our world, well–fantastic.. I brought home three e-mail addresses of new friends from Ireland, and I made practically a photo essay of the bed-and-breakfast proprietor in the English Cotswold wearing her gardening gloves while working in her lovely flower gardens.IMG_4037

Have you ever set at a communal table outside a pub in Munich, drinking beer and eating German sausages and been joined by a couple from Austria who wanted to practice their English on you?  A revelation to me–people in Europe pop across borders for short trips like we cross to other states for little getaways.

Here is a link to the post of a virtual writer buddy. He describes the kind of travel experience I’d like to have–off the beaten path in the Fiji Islands. Wow, what a photo he included!

Enjoy your trips, however you like to travel.


About Joyce Ann Brown

Freelance writer retired from a long career as a library media specialist, adventurer, reader, lover of all things spunky. Besides hiking K.C. trails weekly, I currently write for publications and write cozy mysteries. Find Catastrophic Connections and Furtive Investigation on Amazon.
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5 Responses to Travel in Depth

  1. lightfellow says:

    It’s the memories of meeting people, however insignificant the moment might had seemed, that make the best travel experiences


  2. Love how you sent me off to Fiji this rainy afternoon. Your photos are a reminder that we need to play.


  3. jamesrcallan says:

    Thanks for the nice blog on travel. Sounds like you and I are similar – don’t get stuck in the tourist area. Oh of course, we do visit some of the “must see” spots, like the opera house in Sydney. But for the most part, it’s more the out of the way places we like. And thanks for the link.


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