The Best Things about Travel

When you decide what is most important about travel you can have great experiences.  Here are some things to keep in mind so you’ll have a good trip wherever you’re going:

Pack as lightly as possible.  If you forget something look for it at a local grocery store or shop.  I still have pads of writing paper, toothpaste, bars of lavender soap and other necessities from local stores.  I should include snacks and candy but since I eat them immediately I’m not sure why I’m mentioning them.

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Bring sunglasses.  On my first trip to Rome I forgot my sunglasses.  This was an interesting situation because I wanted nice sunglasses to wear but I didn’t really want to spend a lot of money.  Each time I decided it was time to buy them it would rain, and I kept putting it off until my trip ended and I never did get any.  I’m still a little perplexed about this.

Gather information before and during your trip.  I typically visit the library, bookstores and online resources to learn as much as possible.  I can never resist maps and brochures of places while I’m there.  They make useful souvenirs and are easy to take along as you travel.

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Don’t be in a hurry and take time to explore.  Get a gelato (depending on the season) and stroll around whether you’re in Italy or somewhere else.  Or sit on a park bench and people watch.  I take lots of pictures but I also put the camera away and enjoy my surroundings.

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These are some of the best things about travel.  I don’t think there will ever be a complete list.

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50 thoughts on “The Best Things about Travel

  1. I think that’s a very good list and it’s definitely a good idea to try the local snacks and candy. I also agree about putting the camera away sometimes, it’s nice to just stroll along and not feel you have to take photographs of everything.

  2. I can so relate to your tip about stepping away from photography and taking the time to truly experience your surroundings. Taking pictures is fun, but it really doesn’t allow you to live in the moment when it’s your primary focus (no pun intended LOL). And your tip about buying things in your destination takes a lot of stress off the whole packing ritual! :)

    • I really like that – being in the moment is just as important as the pictures! And it’s so much fun to buy a bar of soap or a box of crackers I don’t mind if I forget something… :)

  3. Love the last photo. It’s important to have pictures, but I also love to set the camera aside, take it in and spend more quality time with the better half.

  4. It’s hard to put the camera away when traveling, but that’s great advice. Otherwise, you’re always taking pictures instead of really experiencing everything. I remember that Pinocchio! And of course, I have a picture of him!

  5. That’s so funny about the sunglasses. That’s one thing I always take because I use them, not just for the sun, but to sometimes hold my hair back. I’m kind of particular about sunglasses (not in the sense of price/brand, but how they feel on my head), so I always try to pack a couple pairs.

  6. I confess that I did a speed walk through the Louvre! There was so much to see – and I wanted to see everything. That was when I realized that I wouldn’t see everything that I wanted to see because life is too short. I came home and bought a book on the Louvre. Now, when I travel (even in my city), I slow down, measure my steps, breathe deeply, feel the sunshine or rain against my cheek. Less is more when you truly live the moment. An excellent post, as always. It is a joy to stop by for the discussion.

    • I understand – I did the same thing when I visited the Prado in Madrid. I got a floor plan and raced around to see as much as I could! When I went outside I sat down to rest, and then I saw families walking together – grandparents, parents, and children. And that’s what I remember… I’m so glad you stopped by!

  7. A timely post, as my husband and I are traveling to visit our daughter and her family next week. It’s a short visit, so the reminder to make the most of it is welcome. Thank you for visiting and liking my blog.

  8. Great tips Meg. I’m working on the packing-light skill. It’s challenging in the wardrobe department, wrong clothes, wrong shoes, not enough clothes… YIKES! :-)

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