It all started a few months ago when I was dreaming about my next trip, to Colombia. My daughter is half Colombian, and I was so excited to finally see her heritage. It was going to be my first time in Colombia, so I needed to do some research, and after countless hours of searching the web, browsing pictures, reading many blogs and reviews, my four-day trip was planned from A to Z, almost down to the minute.
After a moment, I felt the excitement dropped a bit. Wait! I already knew Colombia before even getting there. It suddenly hit me when I started to think about how people travel nowadays.
Nowadays, as soon as the destination is chosen, we rush into a frenzy of planning, with Airbnb experiences, Viator, and every other platform, to decide for the whole trip.
We are so focused on being busy, seeing it all, experiencing it all, photographing it all, posting it all, that we are forgetting the main reason why we wanted to getaway in the first place!
IT'S TIME TO DISCONNECT
Vacation means taking time off. It means a break from the hectic life we all have. It means no schedule, no rushing, no phones, no waking up early, no meetings, no preoccupation, no worries and going with the flow.
So, why are we so desperately trying to get busy if the whole purpose of going away was to just relax?
Most of the time, we fall in this trap because we want to get the most out of our vacation especially if we are only going a few days, but I feel like people, and I include myself, kind of spoil our own trips and lose the essence of the escape and the real adventure.
While it's not a great idea to leave everything up to the last minute, as long as the transportation and accommodation
are figured out, the rest should be left for discovery.
Here is my thought. We are so committed to sharing everything and relying on social media so much, that we forget about what makes traveling the experience of a lifetime.
It is not about that perfect picture we will post on Instagram, not the hundreds of sights we will try to see in a few days, or even hearing the tour guides feeding us stories that we’ll honestly forget in the next hour! It feels like we all do the same thing, go to the same places, eat the same food. Even when we try to do something “off the beaten path” we all choose the same things that got great reviews online.
So, let's take a moment and reflect on the way we all travel.
What will make your trip so special is discovering something new and unexpected! You'll be in a place you will explore at your own pace, on your own time, for the first time, instead of something that hundreds of people told you to do in the reviews.
Let's go back to a more traditional way of traveling. Shall we?
Let the experience be: that's where the magic happens. Get lost on those streets, take time to talk to locals, let them guide you and create that memorable experience.
If you get home and feel that you missed out on things, you can always visit again next year!
So, when you plan your next vacation, don't overbook yourself. Give yourself the freedom and flexibility to truly unwind. After all, that is what vacations are for.