This trip...Amsterdam, Paris, Prague, Spain, Portugal and Morocco - 5 exciting weeks!
Here's what I've learned so far re travel and love...
When it comes to travel, thinking about it, planning it, is half the fun.
ANTICIPATION is a crucial phase of any journey. It's the promise that life will be more exciting than your everyday routine. Watching a sunset over the Sahara Desert, choosing which outdoor cafe to indulge your love of freshly-caught mussels in garlic cream sauce in the French Quarter in Paris, seeing the fairytale city of Prague for the first time, is probably going to be more fun than getting out of bed, running in the park, walking to work, working...isn't it just?
We want the same thing from travel that we want from love - a life-changing encounter with destiny. Plus fantastic scenery and food.
'Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.' (Mark Twain (1835-1910)
|The streets of Marrakesh|
just made for exploring.
Getting there won't be half the fun if you are lugging too much luggage! If it won't fit into your carry-on luggage, leave it at home.
LIVING OUT OF A SUITCASE is not fun, but it's even less fun when it's the old cram, sit, zip scenario.
Here are some of my tips for light travel:
- plan to dress as if you're heading out to the store on Saturday morning. That's the kind of comfort you need when travelling.
- plan to wear every article of clothing multiple times. There's no room in your luggage for superfluous clothes. (They do have laundries overseas.)
- discover how little you really need in order to have the time of your life. Travel is not a fashion show - the people you meet will usually only see you in your outfit once! Let them screw up their nose at your fashion sense in that's all they've got to do!
|Another view from the Eiffel Tower|
John Keats (1795-1821)
And here is a photo taken in Broome, Western Australia, if any of you should aspire to visit our shores Down Under. Rather amazing, right?
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