Travel - it means something different to different people. Whether it’s a short trip nearby or an adventure farther afield, to a 5-star resort or to a backcountry hut, all can be equally satisfying to the traveler, depending on the expectation of the trip.
My most memorable trips have been those where the person who left is not the same as the one that returns. That is, the sum of the experiences resulted in a personal change within my spirit which would not otherwise have been possible. Be it some newfound awareness of a culture or a fresh understanding of my own being, I cannot return to how I was before I left.
I am currently inquiring and narrowing down some options for travel next year. I use an online Home Exchange site to find travel opportunities across the globe. Not only does this type of travel reduce travel costs significantly, but it also allows us to live amongst locals who usually contribute greatly to our understanding and enjoyment in the visited locations.
My biggest dilemma is deciding on the purpose of the trip: exploring versus relaxing. All options are in hot climates because I’d like to get away from our Canadian winter in March or April. However, some options are a bit more adventurous (Central or South America) than others (a luxurious condo on the beach of Baja, Mexico).
Either way, I sense an adventure in the air…