01 Feb Rules for Intentional Travel: Stay A While
The pressure to squeeze it all in and see everything is real. And understandably so- we often only have so long on our vacations before we have to return home. But consider breaking up the manic icon-hopping with longer visits to one place. Sink in to the pace of the city or town you are seeing. Learn some street names and maybe leave the map/gps behind after getting to know your way around. Become a face that someone would recognize after seeing you for a few days in a row. With certainty, stretching a visit longer will only expand your understanding and appreciation for the details and history and inner workings of the place.
It’s exhausting to be continuously re-adjusting to a new landscape. Euro-trips are the classic example. Two days in Venice, three nights in London, a quick half day in Paris, then off to Amsterdam. But you usually end up giving up more than you gain. The struggles of transportation, finding lodging, finding food, knowing where to find toothpaste, switching dialects or languages; all take their toll on your energy and wear down patience and appreciation. So you got a picture in front of the Louvre, the Tower of Pisa and the Colosseum. But did you really see those places? So you have five new stamps in your passport, but did you really experience all five countries? Cramming in more to your itinerary is tempting, but spreading yourself too thin translates directly into more harried moments, more rushing, more panic and less digging in deep, less appreciation for individual moments, less chance for spontaneity, and less calm and relaxation.
Stay tuned for more great stories and reflections as Ingrid digs deeper into more of the Simple Rules for Intentional Travel.
About Ingrid: Ingrid is a wanderlust at heart. She’s lived all up and down the west coast, studying environmental science and Spanish at the University of Portland and studying how to grow vegetables in Colorado and Washington. Her favorite activities include rock climbing, eating ice cream, and writing letters. Her travels have taken her from the Caribbean to East Asia and many destinations inbetween. The next places she hopes to travel to are New Zealand, Japan, and Norway.
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