The Conundrum of travel is, to enjoy travel a person should try to let go, because trying to understand ruins the trip. The world is too large, too mysterious, and too grand to be understood, it can only be experienced, and we can have interesting conversations about what we observed.
I meet many tourists, and a few wanna be travelers, invariably upon learning I have traveled for 12 years and visited 88 countries, they want to know.
What should I do in this country, which country is your favorite, where should I go? There is something about modern man who cannot relax and enjoy life, and they must make work of enjoyment. The prime directive of travel is to enjoy yourself; you do not need to make a todo list.
Panajachel, Guatemala --- Thursday, March 11, 2010
By Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com
I think of books like
"1000 places to see before you die."
I can see how this book would be useful, a person could check out the places recommended for one country before they left to visit a country, but generally just another todo list you will not complete, as if we need more guilt in our lives…
Although, I do promote a Bucket List, I do not suggest or promote the idea of trying to visit 1000 places or even making a short list, it is much better to wander through countries, without a care in the world.
Guilt Make a Horrible Traveler
I feel no guilt, I try to not feel guilty, I do my best. And I try to have great self-talk, when a person ask me,
"What are you going to do today?
"Try my best to do nothing."
I just wander from thought to thought, I write this Travel Journal about some random thought that comes to my mind in the morning, and it is easier to write when I do not plan.
Some people say
"Let go and let God."
I can see this, but why do we need to give him a todo list, but it is the same idea, please get rid of all these long todo list we will never complete.
I like the whole idea of a vacation without a to do list. Too many times I see people "on vacation" driving 90 miles an hour to get to different places to "be on vacation". The greatest discoveries coming out of research are sometimes unintended by products of pure research. I think great vacations sometimes result when you throw away the " If it's Tuesday it Must be Belgium" mentality.
I think this is good advice! When I was in Nepal, I did not have a guide book at all. I had my map of the subcontinent, which helped me find useful things like border crossings. I did not take a guide book, and I lived in nepal for 5 weeks and had lots of fun.
I asked local people: 'what do you think I should see/ do today?'
I asked ex-patriates: 'what is your favourite place here, and why?'
I asked other tourists: 'what is the best thing you have done since you arrived?' and 'have you been here before?' if they had 'what is your best memory?'
you can get a much more personal feel for a place this way. I came home and realised I missed out on lots of other things I could have done... but I don't regret not doing them, I am content with my own memories.