The next big trip that Scott and I have planned has got us thinking about the type of travelers we are and what makes us feel comfortable when booking a trip.
This particular trip in early November, we will be spending 8 days on a small island in Panama. The goal of this trip is to surf all day, every day (or at least until our arms get too tired) on uncrowded waves. That all sounds well and good as long as we are blessed with waves during those 8 days.
We read a lot (too many) reviews of the island where we will be staying and some people have said if there are no waves, you may get bored because there is not a lot to do other than surf. Now, I can’t imagine I will get bored on a beautiful beach with some snorkel gear, a bathing suit and a beer, until Scott reminded me of what type of travelers we tend to be.
Our usual travels consist of seeing and experiencing as much as possible, usually in a short amount of time. We often come home more tired than when we left, but with memories to last a lifetime and a few memory cards full of photos.
I think we often treat travel as we treat our home life. We want to get as much out of it as possible and this often leads to us tiring ourselves out. I’m not complaining, but we are beginning to recognize this and realize we need to force ourselves to take a break once in a while.
Ever since we returned home from Yellowstone, we have decided to make time for this thing called a “vacation” in our lives. We are going to force ourselves to take one or two trips a year where all we do is lounge around the hotel room, go out to eat and pamper ourselves.
This is going to go against all of our natural urges of wanting to photograph and explore every nook and cranny of the place we decide to take our vacation, but we are going to do our best to give it a go!
How about you? What type of traveler are you? Do you like to lounge around the pool and drink martinis or is it hard to keep yourself still for longer than a few hours?