Whether I join the monthly travel linkup or not I always like to read what other bloggers wrote about each month’s theme. My last contribution was in June when I wrote about my unexpected places but I didn’t feel inspired to write about my home last month. I don’t know about you but I can only write when the writing muse smiles upon me. I cannot force my writing. Luckily, I don’t need to rely on my writing to eat! Also, it’s too hot to think properly and I’ll be offline next week anyway so I didn’t think that I would be writing about what travel has taught me but somehow I started to think about this theme last night and here I am pounding it out.
My first trip abroad happened when I was only a couple of months old but I don’t really remember that and besides it wasn’t really abroad then since Croatia was a part of Yugoslavia. My next real travel abroad adventure was a trip to Venice when I was about 4 but again I have no recollection of that trip either. So I guess my first abroad trip (that I remember) was a shopping trip to Trieste, Italy! Go figure!:) My proper travelling career started when I was at university. Then I started to travel with my friends around Europe. So what has travel taught me? A lot. Too much to put in this post but I’ll try to identify the most valuable lessons.
Dreams do come true
For years I have dreamt about travelling. I’d also been in love with London even before I’ve visited it for the first time in 2006. Ten years later and 11 trips to London I’m still crazy about that vibrant melting pot called London. And I have travelled a lot. So my dreams did come true! Maybe I haven’t travelled extensively as some bloggers did but my circumstances are also not the same as theirs. It’s not the same whether you travel somewhere if your currency is strong and your buying power quite substantial or if your exchange rate is 1£=8.9 HRK. So, yes Croatia is cheap for the British tourists but Britain is majorly expensive for Croatian tourists. Furthermore, if I wanted to travel to London before Ryan Air came to Croatia that flight would have cost me around 500€ with the national airline and my first trip to London with Ryan Air cost me only 50€ return ticket! So I’m happy with the amount of travelling I have done so far but there are still some destinations that are out of my reach at the moment. But I’ll keep on dreaming (and saving!)
Prepare, prepare, prepare
I enjoy in travel preparations. I research extensively the cheapest way to get somewhere, the accommodation and I also plan what landmarks I want to see. Having said that, it’s also nice to just relax and go with the flow and be spontaneous from time to time. But on my recent trip to Stockholm I missed seeing beautiful and artistic underground stations simply because I haven’t done the research. I heard about them but I figured I would come across them but I didn’t. We used the underground on our second day in Stockholm but we only saw plain stations.
Things don’t always go according to your plans
No matter how much you plan or how well you’re prepared things can go wrong at any time when you travel. Buses break down, trains are late, your flight gets cancelled or you forget your camera. Or maybe you argue with your best friend or you get lost with your husband or maybe you get sick and vomit in the street! You may plan as much as you want but there are always unpredictable situations around the corner. Even when everything is ok you might get disappointed with the place you’re visiting or maybe it just wasn’t a good time to travel. When that happens, you need to stay calm and go with the flow. Remember, it’s better to have one bad day on the trip then a hundred good ones in the office! Or something like that 🙂