Talestrailsandtravels is a new venture for me and works alongside a longer established blog rawformorelanguage.com.
I didn’t just want to add to the existing blog as I wanted that to be about writing and this to be about the other part of my life that I love: travel.
Travel is so important to me; I love travelling. I have a modest tick list of places I have been and things I have seen. I do feel very inexperienced at travelling though, at being independent, which has meant that I have frequently booked guided trips. All I have to do is turn up on the right day at the right airport (at the right time, something I have managed to fail at rather spectacularly!) to be whisked away…..it means I can spend time on other things, focus on people I meet, catch up on some writing, spend time on my own reflections…
But I have wanted to flex my travelling muscles more in the last few years; and it seems life is taking me to both places, both guided trips and independent travelling.
It is never too late to become an independent traveller and it certainly helps you learn a lot about yourself as well as the place you are visiting. If you find yourself on a guided trip though, don’t simply follow behind, not knowing what town you are in; find out, talk to the locals, join in with the culture. Embrace the experience and reflect on the changes that travelling has had on you.
© Jacqui Thatcher 2015
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