Today My parents are on Turtle Island (Malaysian Borneo), watching the sea turtle spawn on a beach, an experience that both Paula and I would like to make the future. It is clear that in a family of travelers, the first had to be them. Singapore, Malaysian Borneo, Brunei and the Malaysian Peninsula in 23 days have touched them this time ... and they left thinking about the next one. And then I wonder where I got that virús from traveling ... What is clear that today communications are incredible and we can follow them on their own Facebook almost almost live
I admit that I am a lover of lists and statistics, but I usually take them as a curiosity, because each classification has a very large subjectivity subject behind it. Nevertheless lately I have not stopped reading articles on classifications of types of travelers, and I CANNOT WITH THEM. It is as if the travelers had to be irretrievably cataloged into 3 or 4 categories of tourists, backpackers, bloggers, loners or with children ... And I wonder, can not be all at once? Does any of them have a greater traveler spirit or are they simply different ways to travel? Or the question that I think is most important ... isn't it that no classification is possible and we are simply each different from any other?
Fortunately (because I think it has enriched us) we have traveled in many ways already. The vast majority of times for free, either completely or customizing the trip to our liking taking some local assistance, but we also initially took some established route (which helped us to know that it was not the one that most adapted our way of traveling).
Backpack or suitcase? Is being a backpacker a philosophy or carrying a backpack on the back? Well, we do not have it very clear seeing so much diversity of opinions. We we have tended to carry a backpack on the back, in that trip to Cuba sleeping where they fed us or someone else like East Africa trying to combine a roadside motel where you could hear the echoes of the pipes, with a tent under the stars, with a luxurious lodge that gave us hot water, internet and good food. A backpack is much more comfortable to reach places that we would never arrive with a heavy suitcase that would keep us from not being able to walk just a few meters.
Is that being less traveler? Alone, in a group, with children or as a couple? Travel alone to Antarctica It was an unforgettable and truly enriching experience, but traveling with Paula is something that is priceless and I would not change it for anything in the world. It is the one that completes my trips, and without it nothing would be the same. But get to Syria with Juve and Ruth or Myanmar with Joseba and Margari they were another type of experience, if possible, even more adventurous.
¿And live to travel or travel to live? Great travelers, inspiring our new great adventure, have made traveling their own lives, like their own Jorge Sanchez with whom I am proud to be very in touch lately, although it is possibly my, I think, good friend Floren, who has become a reference for me in his search for balance between family and traveling life. From there to those of the all-inclusive package, or lately the most frequent bloggers (travelers sponsored to write about a country or place) there are 100 ways to travel all of them very respectable and hardly cataloged.
What has surprised us the most, and the question we should be able to answer, is ... How is it possible that the same place, no doubt wonderful, can be so differently seen by two people even at the same time, same day and same conditions? The mood, personal tastes, the weather, accumulated fatigue, travel philosophy ... influence so many things that the question "recommend a place to travel" would have to answer the Galician "and what do you like ?.
Reviewing the last exits, we see how the Last december he fired us in a Barcelona apartment in our visit Josep and Angela, because traveling is not only knowing places, but also people who are the greatest we have taken. He trip to Antarctica He gave us a very strong bond with them and today we still have it. It is possible that rent apartments Barcelona Be the cheapest option compared to others in these cities.
We start the year in Prague, in a modest downtown hotel, in what I mean to us a different New Year's Eve, to continue with the getaway to Frankfurt that took us to romantic town of Heidelberg, one of the great discoveries of the year. Finally, 1 month ago, the 4 days in Lanzarote He recharged our batteries to face this final stretch of the first half of the year.
This whole introduction takes us where we wanted to go. Yes now, for the first time, a trip with a one-way plane ticket, without an established route and with a destination of which we have barely found information on the Internet. A true adventure 40 or 50 days ahead. A departure date, July 17, 2012. A backpack behind... A destination that we will reveal in just 12 days ...
... on June 17 ...
... a very special destination, a journey of cultures, people, places, but above all, a trip of EXPERIENCES That will be the continuation of the journey of life, which begins 3 days earlier, on July 14, 2012, but that is a story for another time. NOW YES, in a few more days.
Isaac (and Paula), with our adventures on the horizon