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Talk about excitement: in 2016, I’m taking two epic trips.
The first is to Cairo, to attend an Egyptian wedding. Now, I don’t know a whole lot about Egyptian wedding traditions, but I have a feeling it’s going to be incredible (not to mention pyramids, mosques, markets, and more!).
The other epic trip is to Poland, a country I’m embarrassed not to have visited yet since that’s where my family is from. Is Polish culture the same as Polish-American culture? I’ll find out!
But when I start to think about my travels throughout the rest of the year, I feel like I’ve gotten lazy. The places that jump to mind more than anywhere in the world are a lot of repeat destinations.
In both cases, I’d go to new cities and regions, places that may in fact have little in common with where I went before. But still…it’s not exactly somewhere new.
Then I’d love to return to Chicago, a city I can’t get enough of. I want to stuff myself silly with delicious food, walk through neighborhoods, and maybe — for the first time ever — go in the summer so I can enjoy the lakefront, parks, and see the city when the weather’s nice.
I want to step foot on a cruise ship once again. Maybe to head back to southeast Alaska. Heck, last time I went there, it led to my engagement, so I think it’s fair to say that the trip worked out for me before. Even though Mike and I returned (by “land”) the year after, I saw very little of great little cities like Juneau and Sitka. That’s the downside of cruising: with only 8-12 hours to explore a port, by default you’re left wanting to go back.
And I’m already booked to head back to at least one part of the USA that I know I love: southern California. I’ll be lining up my schedule to ensure I can take another circus class in Los Angeles, but in a big region, there’s still a lot to see and do.
Obviously the places I now know and love were once brand new to me, so it’s obviously important to see new parts of the world. Every trip I’ve taken sculpted me into who I am now, whether that’s from experiencing new religions in Nepal, living with families in Guatemala, or pushing myself to physical extremes on treks, bike rides, and other adventures. There’s a lot of the world still to explore.
So with my desire to repeat great destinations in 2016, I’m wondering if that makes me a lazy traveler. Do my two (new) epic trips give me a hall pass for the rest of the year? Should I make things closer to 50/50? Should I only choose new destinations until I’ve seen everywhere (like that’s even possible!)?
I’m not planning out my entire year right now, but with a changing calendar, I’m starting to think about how travel plays into it.
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Tell Me What You Think!
What’s the balance of returning somewhere you love and seeing new places? Does it make a difference if you repeat the same beloved experiences once there or if you try to make it brand new?
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