Stepping back and looking at how my travels last year went, I must admit to find a big difference: I threw in more careless carefree trips up my block. I occasionally got spur of the moment — spot a destination, roughly estimate an overall budget, check if travel fund has enough on it to get me by, mental-list must visit spots, and then set off. How I did I ever became so careless carefree?!
Early half of 2013 though, I’ve been more comfortable in slow paced travels. Going off, and taking charge of my time, and how long I stay at a place. I find comfort in longer stays, and less hurried transits from one destination to the next. I go for really comfortable accommodation than I’m used to when I still have enough budget for it. I honestly can not say that those are smart moves for someone who works to fatten both her savings account, and travel fund at the same time. But if something feels so good at the moment, it can’t be that bad right? There have been slight, and obvious differences on how I looked at travel now, and how I pursued it before. So why do travel types changed?
Grew In or Out of It. Is when planning is innate, and somehow you woke up one morning, and forgot it under the sheets. When you just want to see pass the planning stage and just want to jump from destination dreaming to actually being there. Yes. A few of you may have felt this too. When you’ve been travelling for so long or when traveling becomes second to breathing, sometimes the passion is still there minus the Mrs. Strict Planner, Mr. Packing Guru, or Ms. Detailed OC voices constantly speaking. Or it could be the opposite, when you realize that you’re want more security and self-assurance by kicking out that carefree habit, and start off a planned trip with well-researched, and spotless itinerary.
And Better Our Skill. Somehow. Getting inspiration for travel are open goods for the picking. The same that you find in exotic charmed market of lined up vendors. We learn from what we read, what we were told, and from our own experiences. We learn to lessen up our load, and do a not-more-than 7 pound carry backpack, or subconsciously just grab the essential outfits with calmness when asked to pack for only 5 minutes for a spontaneous trip. To dress, and impress, and let not traveling kill our inner fashionista’s, or to pack a month trip for less than 10 pound pack. We tend to shed off our skin for a new one after each travel — like a snake would when molting because that is just how it goes. It’s because we learn from previous trips, and it betters us in our travel decisions, and routines.
Silently or Openly Challenged Self. Our type of travels never stagnates and collects grub in a puddle. It is moving — it is intangible and reflects the kind of people we are. So we once in a while — amp it up. Sometimes we just challenge ourselves to lengthen our trips, and/or intensify our experiences with adventures. Challenges ourselves to conquer mountains when we thought we could not do, or take on a month long backpacking, when we’re used to weekend trips. Sometimes travel is pursued to test one self, and one’s capacity, and ability to conquer more than the four walled rooms we have.
Finding Comfort. And when the routine seems to be too much to handle we allow a more subdued atmosphere, and force ourselves to relax. To find comfort by lessening physically draining travel adventures, or booking expensive hotel room for restful nights. We call up travel agencies for package tours because having someone take care of travel details can sometimes be less stressful. Admit it, that in as much as our type of travels reflects our personalities, sometimes we throw in something far from what we are so used to in our travel routines. Hey! Don’t let anyone tell you there’s something wrong with that. Anyone who does, does not know what they are talking about. Mostly.
Grew Up and/or Status Changed. That the passion is there but our lives, routines, and priorities have changed. Sometimes, we set our priorities to a future life that we would like to have. And everything else fits in as if the pieces were just waiting for a mold for it to take shape. And a few would be blessed to be married to travel when finding a better half loving travel equal if not surpasses their own. Our backpacks may changed to luggage of half full of children’s clothes and toys, some can be more of business trips, or finally that long term backpacking dreamt of, or this time planning travels, and packing is now with another person in mind. All these simply because our travels has change because our lives have.
Though our types of travel may change, it does not change the fact that we just love to travel. Whether it may have changed from backpacking, to glampacking, from mountaineering, or beach bumming to packaged tours — just remember that travel is not a generic cardboard box you get from somewhere. It is different for everyone, and definitely comes in different forms in one’s lifetime. What I am saying is be comfortable on the travel pace you have, and the kind of trips you prefer at the moment, and always welcome changes in perspective. Like our personalities, our travel styles are unique to one’s own, and change in perspective, and outlooks is not bad if it means growth.