Why You Should Try Somewhere Different This Year
My friend and I have a running debate. She likes to travel somewhere different every time she goes away on holiday, and has no problems in disappearing alone to a new destination for a week or even two weeks at a time. I, on the other hand, have a habit of returning to the same place on a regular basis. I do go to other places in-between, but I enjoy the familiarity of Turkey, which is why I return.
The argument is this – do you truly get to experience the culture of a place when you visit for a weeks’ holiday, enough to be able to say ‘seen it, done it’, or does returning give you more of a feel and experience of a place?
While I can see her point, I believe I have truly experienced every bit of Turkey’s culture and special something by visiting as many times as I have, so I really can say ‘I’ve done it’.
Despite all this, I see the positives in trying different places, and it’s because of that I’m branching out this year.
I guess it’s true that life is too short to see the same things over and over again. It’s also very easy to get stuck in a comfort zone with travel, when there is such a big, wide world out there.
A good way to try many different places all within a short space of time, bite-size tasty chunks if you will, is to try a cruise holiday.
I’m not 100% sold on a cruise holiday for me, as like before, I’m not sure you can actually say you’ve seen somewhere when you’ve only spent a day there. Yes, you’ve been there, but have you really seen it? I guess that’s down to the individual. For a taster though, so it gives you an idea of places you’d like to see more of in the future, this is a great idea. If was going to do a cruise, it would definitely be a Caribbean one!
I have a long list of places I’d like to visit, so heading to the same place every year does seem rather counter-productive. I would love to go to New York for a long weekend, a bit of shopping and girly city fun times with my friends. I would also love to experience Sri Lanka and Malaysia. I think it’s time to spread my wings a little.
If you’re like me, and you have a tendency to head towards the familiar, you don’t have to cut the ties completely, just mix it up a little, maybe one holiday to your normal place and a visit to a different destination within a year, that way you have the best of both worlds.
Visiting unfamiliar places can become less daunting if you have all your travel arrangements in place beforehand, including how you’re getting to the airport. For me, that would be by driving myself and parking up. I regularly book airport car parking, especially during the winter time. It’s more convenient, and the price always saves me when compared to trains, coaches and taxis. Similarly, I use Bristol Airport parking a fair amount too, again, no reason to complain and every reason to compliment! Check out what’s available near you.
I hope you’re a little more inspired to broaden your horizons, I know I certainly am, and I’m looking forward to new sights and experiences to be had!