Hi Frugalistas! Two of my Twitter galpals, Vanessa of Turnipseeds Travel (@turnipseeds) and Pola of Jetting Around (@jettingaround) have recently written about their own travel regrets. Vanessa kindly tagged me, inviting me to do the same.
Now, regular readers will know I’m not one to contribute to these types of blog strategies. This one is a little different – it’s an interesting topic, and one that got me thinking. So, here we go!
1. Not always traveling light
I have a confession to make. When I first started traveling in my early 20s I didn’t pack light. In fact I had a seriously dreadful overpacking habit – you name it, I overpacked it.
My evolution to ultralight, one bag packer has been a long one. One that continues (wait till you see what I’m taking to Europe in April!) The big change for me came when I realised that the only one who cared about what I was wearing, and how often I had a change of outfit was me! The other great realisations I had was that two pairs of shoes are actually plenty, and that 100ml (3 oz) of any liquid in your toilet bag actually lasts far longer than most trips.
2. Not always being present in the moment
It’s so easy when you travel to get caught up with getting the perfect photo of wherever you happen to be, or to hunt down that perfect souvenir. It’s even easier when you have a blog, that you want/need content and photos for. It takes a real mental discipline to just enjoy and be present in the moment. And I’m very guilty of not always exercising that self-discipline. It is something I regret. During my travels this year I vow to put the camera away, breathe in and simply soak in my location.
3. Not visiting the United Arab Emirates
For we Aussies, traveling to Europe invariably means a change of plane or at least a transit en route. For the past 3-4 years I’ve transited in the UAE. I really regret not taking the time to step out of the airport and actually seeing what I’m seeing from the air and transit lounge window. I make all sorts of excuses – “it’s too hot”, “I don’t have time” etc etc……..
It’s on my list, and I will get there, but at the moment it remains a regret…….
I’m not one to have regrets and I don’t feel as though any of these regrets are mistakes. It’s all just part of the process of self-realisation, learning and creating change as you learn. Travel is a part of life, and aren’t those things what life is all about?
I don’t participate in blog chains, so I’m not going to tag anyone to write their own piece on travel regrets. But, just this once, if anyone wants to write their own piece on their own travel regrets and post the link in the comments section of this post, I’ll approve it so we can all share!