Recently, I have found myself thinking about places that I have visited. I have been to quite a few interesting locations but this is a big planet, and there are many places I have yet to go. This post will be about a few places that I would love to travel to very soon. The first interesting location that I definitely need to see is the Seagaia Ocean Dome in Japan. Japan’s ocean dome is an indoor beach that has artificial surf and sand, as well as year round perfect weather. I am not a beach person, but a spectacle like this dome seems too awesome to skip. The next location that I have been planing to see for some time is the Pyramids of Egypt. The pyramids are cultural and architectural masterpieces that can be seen as some of the oldest links to the past we currently hold. I would have gone to the pyramids a year or two ago, but with the unrest in the region at the time, I decided that the trip must wait for another day. The last place that I need to visit very soon is Nigeria. Nigeria is the country of my origin, my parents were born there, and I have plenty of family there, but I have never actually had a chance to visit. There are many misconceptions about Nigeria, but much like many other west African countries, it is extremely modern and commercialized. I can’t wait to finally get to meet my cousins who I have only spoken to over the phone and on the web. There are many places that I would love to see that aren’t listed in this post, but the world is large and I have to start somewhere. As I knock these locations off my list I will certainly be adding new ones. As long as I am healthy, I am always ready for an adventure, and I can’t wait to start traveling once again.
I love traveling, I find it incredible that there are so many places to see and people to meet on this planet, so I try and get out as much as possible. One of the things I find most interesting about traveling to new countries and places is the cuisine. This planet has a diverse range of entrées and thanks to the travels of explorers and traders long ago many of these meals have similar ingredients and styles. As much as I hate the term “foodie,” it is the best way I can describe my affinity for food and it’s different flavors. Whenever I go anywhere I make it a point to try the local cuisine, especially if the meal is completely foreign to me. The way I see it, a trip or a vacation, isn’t just about exploring a new locale, it is also about experiencing the differences from your normal life. I know my stance on food would be difficult to take for a person who is allergic to various ingredients, but thankfully, I am allergic to nothing and very willing to try any food at least once. Traveling is an activity best done with others, and I love going to new locations with family and friends, my only qualm with traveling in a group is dealing with the taste preferences of others. Nothing bothers me more on a trip than the idea of eating fast food or standard American fare as a meal. Whenever I have to eat something I could have easily gotten at home, I feel cheated, it is almost as if I am only getting half of the trip experience. Traveling can be a fun and educational experience, and as with most new experiences, it is best received with an open mind or you may miss out on what makes it fun.
The fresh mountain air, and the seemingly endless stream of free activities to enjoy in nature, reminds me of one of Aesop’s fables about enjoying the simple things in life and treasuring the things you have been given. “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse” is a story about a big city mouse, who goes to visit his cousin in the country. The city mouse is dissatisfied with the simplicity of country life, so he brings his cousin to the city in order to give him a taste of the high life. After a run in with the dangers of the city, the country mouse decides he would rather keep his simple rural life over the pomp of the city. One of this stories main themes is to be content with your surroundings, and this theme is shown by both mice in the tale. The city mouse was unhappy with the country even though he was only visiting, if he had a more open mind about his environment he would have definitely seen past the simplicity and enjoyed his stay with family. The country mouse wasn’t exactly upset about the country life, but he did expect the “grass to be greener” in the city, so he jumped at the chance to experience the high life, and was quickly reminded of the safe simplicity of his home. Whenever I leave my home for a while or even move to a new place, I try to make sure I enjoy my surroundings to the fullest while keeping in mind the benefits of my origins. As I stand in the this rural camp, I am enjoying the wildlife and the scenery, but I know at heart I will always be a “city boy,” and as long as I have the ability to travel, I will always take time to enjoy where I am without losing sight of the joys of home.
I am going on an extended weekend trip and I started thinking about what I should pack in my bag. I have never been that great at packing a bag, so I decided I would take the lessons I’ve learned in my past packing mistakes and give a list of tips for packing a bag.
For starters know the climate of your destination, when you are going to a summer setting don’t pack a sweater or a coat. Don’t even wear a coat if you are going to a warm climate, when you get to an arid region, there is nothing worse than having to walk around with your coat in your hand, even if it is only for a little while.
Pack for your activities, I know that this is simple enough but most people do not plan accordingly for trips. The best advice I can give for packing is to make sure you pack for activities you will enjoy doing, being prepared is the key to effective packing and it saves money not having to buy what you left at home.
My last tip is to keep things you don’t need to a minimum, often times when doing last minute packing I have been guilty of putting too much of what I don’t need into the bag. Over packing wastes space, and leads to missing the important things. The best solution for the problem of over packing is to make a list of what you need for the trip, and leave out the things that you can simply purchase at a low price. I used these tips in packing my bag and I must say, I’ve never done a better job at it. Just abiding by these three easy tips will make any future trip much easier and a lot less stressful.
I am one of those people who loves to travel, but I am not really the biggest fan of sightseeing. When I travel I am more interested in interacting with the people of whatever region or country I am visiting, because they are actually the most interesting attraction of the region. I know that sounds weird but, have you ever realized how quickly things change in only a few years? In this technological era you could visit a country twice in as short as five years and find that you are experiencing completely different things, and seeing very different sights from what you observed on your first trip. The museums and ancient artifacts of different cultures have lasted for centuries, but each individual who lives and has seen the changes in their country only lasts about 90 years, and has a story that only they can really tell. When I travel, I like to get a sense of the heart of a country, and people are the element that makes any society move. Next time you travel, try and get to know some of the “townies,” not only do they know the best foods, but you can also learn some interesting things about the location you are visiting.