June 8th, 2009

Travel Advice

“I’m thinking of going to *insert-country-here* in September/Winter/next year. Any good advice?”
Big Ben, clock tower, Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London

Here are some I received from well-meaning friends as I packed my bags for the trip in May:

“London?! Why? It’s so… dull! Skip London, go Paris instead”

“I didn’t like Paris. Highly overrated! Rude people. Go to Prague, you’ll enjoy it better!”

“No! Don’t. go. anywhere. There this Swine Flu thing going around!”

(Well, okay, the last advice was from my Ma)

Eiffel Tower Tour in Paris London for me was vibrant and full of life; I encountered many helpful and friendly French people (et non, in my eyes, Paris is not overrated at all!) and although I find Prague a beautiful city, I can’t say if I enjoyed it “better” than Paris.

Travel is such a personal thing. Whether or not your experience is a good or not-so-good one depends on so many factors — the weather, the people you happen to meet (or who you’re travelling with), your interests, age and expectations. If I were to take any of the advice seriously, I would end up avoiding most of places I had planned to visit. So my advice is this: if you are keen on a place, do your own research and just go. Don’t let others dictate what your personal experience will be for you.

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Great post about travel. I'm going to be headed out of the country for the first time later this summer so I love reading about others' travel experiences. Thanks for sharing this!
Positively Present  at 9:27 am on June 8, 2009
Good point, journeys are personal & most meaningful ones are as much about what goes on inside us as outside, as much about the person as the place.
Mark  at 1:26 pm on June 9, 2009
@Positively Present - Enjoy the experience! @ Mark - yup, that's true
Ginger M  at 5:29 am on June 15, 2009

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