December 22, 2012 by Aggy
I’ve been passed on the Travel Regrets baton of a new blog tag post series from the lovely Emily of The Cosy Traveller.
And it’s a pretty tough one. Travel Regrets. When it comes to travelling, all I think of is happy, happy, happy…well OK, with a little bit of hiccups – but happy generally. I never really sat down and thought of the regrets…until now that is.
I think it’s important to contemplate on your travel regrets once in a while (so thank you for tagging me!), and here are mine:
Not travel solo more often
Sure I’ve done one or two trip by myself, but I regret the fact that I don’t travel solo as much as I want. I don’t know why, I keep looking for excuses, but no real reasons. Maybe it’s the fear of not having someone to talk to or someone to share laughs with. Or it’s the fact that I am more confident moving around in a new place with a friend, even if that friend is as clueless as me. But whatever the reason is, I regret not having the courage to travel solo more often. I think by travelling on your own you can learn a lot about yourself and having benefits like managing your own time, and not being rushed into going somewhere. Yeah, this one I need to do more in 2013.
Opting for fast-travel instead of slow-travel
Seeing Rome in 2 days, Berlin in 3 days, Pompeii in a day, Athens in 2 days – are just some examples of my fast-travel. Mainly because I had so little time and so many places I wanted to cover. I have to admit that I loved every single second I spent in those places, but it wouldn’t hurt to s l o w down a little.
I remember spending a week in Barcelona and just enjoyed the warm sun and Gaudi’s work, I didn’t rush to see everything but just slowed down and embracing the little things. I also still remember my one week in Poznań where I just completely enjoyed the city in a very slow motion way. It was the best travel I have ever had.
Although travelling slowly has its downsides, like not getting to see everything you want, but it’s so worth it and it’s an excuse to go back to the city.
I think for this regret, I’ll just have to live with it. I have an Indonesian passport, meaning VISA for most countries I want to visit. Getting a VISA for a particular country is an absolute pain in the ass. The filling in 1000 forms (ok, maybe I’m exaggerating here), handing in the latest passport photo of yourself, proof of accommodation, proof of tickets, bank statement to show you have money, going to the embassy, worrying like crazy for the outcome…oh the list goes on. I wouldn’t say that it puts me off travelling, NO, but I just wish it would be easier and it would be SO NICE if there were more countries with VOA for Indonesian travellers.
So those are my regrets, do you have any travel regrets? Let’s hear it from a few of my friends:
- @twitdebbzie – Debbie of My Time Capsule
- @aganunoblog – Aga of Aga Nuno Somewhere
- @virustraveling – Bobby of Virus Traveling