For many of us a long awaited vacation is the only break we have from the pressures of work and life for a whole year. Some of us spend time at work sitting at desks in offices dreaming of faraway places. Others long for a break from our day to day routines. For many, a vacation is time to get some rest and recreation and rejuvenate our tired bodies and minds.
Some of us like to travel with a group of friends, some of us (like myself), like to travel solo. Some like to sit back with a cocktail on a beach. Others like to travel to experience other cultures or historical sites. Some like to travel to places where others don’t go. Some like to travel for Instagram photos. Many of us like to travel abroad and others like to stay close to home. Some like to hike and camp, while others like to take a yearly cruise to exotic places that they may never have been to. All this being said, how we travel is a personal choice. Sometimes determined by budget, sometimes determined by a drive to learn about different places and ways of life and at other times determined by the need for a break from the everyday norm and routines, our holidays are a time to do as we please.
No matter the latest travel trend
In the not so distant past, we would either just pack up a car and take a journey close by, don a backpack and venture out into the world or pop in to the local travel agent to book a predetermined tour if we wanted to travel abroad. Today we have so many options on how and where to book a trip and much more flexibility in how and what we like to see at different places. But today there is much ado about nothing when it comes to labelling travel styles. The latest marketing tag line can quickly become the next best way to travel. “I’m not a tourist, I’m a traveller”, “I travel for the Gram” seem to be some of the catchcries of this era of travel. Whether it’s the latest thing to do or travel tag like Deep travel, Immersion travel, Sustainable travel so long as you are respectful of other people, mindful of your environmental impact and take the time to learn about your destination, it’s really all up to you.
Although I’m a strong advocate for solo female travel and love to inspire people to experience the freedom of travelling alone at least once in their lifetime, I also recognise that travel is a very personal experience. In fact sometimes I think I might like to sit by a pool and drink cocktails for a month, but hey that’s not me and that’s okay. But if that’s you, that’s okay too.
If you’re into cruising or staying at resorts – just do it.
If you like to take a pre-determined tour – just do it.
If you like to stay in your own country – just do it.
If you like to travel abroad – go for it.
If you like to travel with a group of friends – way to go.
If like me you have a fear of travelling with others – go your own way!
If anything the latest trends in the perceived ways we travel can give us insight into different ways to enjoy our vacations. When you open your eyes and minds to different cultures, people and places, you expand your own knowledge and experience. Travel is food for the soul and great for the brain. It sometimes allows you to experience things you wouldn’t at home and to see how others live their day to day lives and at other times allows you to just be.
So whether you are dreaming of immersing yourself in another culture, travelling for the “Gram”, ready to book your next cruise or wanting to wander off the beaten track, no matter what the latest travel marketing tagline or latest trend – just do it your own way.