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I recently met a couple of cool well traveled folks and as we talked about our favorite foods and near death experiences I had a light bulb moment. We were discussing people who travel to far off destinations and then never leave the resort. To which I exclaimed "That's bananas!"
To which one of them responded " Some people vacation and some people travel."
Perhaps this shouldn't be a revelation to a travel blogger, but it was. For me, I could never ever think of flying somewhere and then only staying at the resort and never exploring anything else. It seems like such a waste.
But that doesn't make that style of travel better or worse than my style. In fact, it might be perfect for you. We all have different goals for our vacations/travels. You may just need to completely de-stress and unwind, and all you want to do is worry about how often you've applied your sunscreen and when that pool boy is going to be back with you next mojito.
And I can't argue, that does sound great.
I'm sure you've heard the expression, " I need a vacation from my vacation." If your goal was to relax, you may have done things wrong.
BUT! If you want to do more than relax and you want to experience a new culture, new food, new experiences then you've got an entirely different trip you'll want to plan.
What I'm really getting at is, I'm sorry. I have given people a hard time when they make the statement "You should go to Mexico, it's great, just don't leave the resort".
Whether you're a vacationer or a traveler, it's important to know who you are, and what you like. For me, it wouldn't be a bad idea for me to try to just sit by a pool drinking drinks with umbrellas for a week. I could seriously use a lesson in relaxation. I would encourage those who only stick with the resort style to ease out from that from time to time too. You might just find something you love!
So, what's the difference? If you've said any of these statements you're probably not a traveler:
-"Ugh, nobody spoke English!" or "All of the signs where in another language, how were we supposed to know where to go?"
-(While recounting a trip to Italy), "I was so excited when I found a Hard Rock Cafe so I could have a burger!"
-"It was so primitive, nobody even took American Express."
You get the idea. While it's totally ok to not want to spend all of your vacation shlepping around heavy bags and trekking up mountains. The one big thing I would encourage is to be open to new things: new people, cultures, and experiences. Just because it's different from what you're used to doesn't make it wrong or bad...in fact it might even be better.
If you're a vacationer, try and inject a little travel spirit in your next trip. And if you're a traveler, it might not be a bad idea to spend a day or two now and then just lounging by the pool and ordering up an extra round of drinks!
Speaking of travel style, I want to give a big shout out to our blogging friends Gemma and Craig over at Two Scots Abroad. They nominated us for an award and generally just made our day. Be sure to check them out! They are definitely my definition of travelers with style.
And whatever your style is, always remember to travel happy!
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz