It’s that time of year again, for the fortunate ones amongst us anyway, when we get the opportunity for a vacation, holiday, summer break, or whatever you want to call it…
As with all things in life, there are different strokes for different folks. Some see it as an opportunity to catch up on work around the house, for others lying on a beach for hours on end is a dream holiday and for the ones like me, it’s a chance to see something new.
I can’t see the point in travelling to a foreign land, then never leaving the hotel. Swapping one set of walls for another, is not my idea of holiday heaven, but plenty do and are happy taking an occasional organised trip to some tourist hot-spots. I can’t help but feel they are missing a wonderful opportunity; the chance to meet people and experience their cultures.
Take the time to learn about the people and their country; you will be rewarded with a holiday to remember and isn’t that what it’s all about?
I can see the draw of a package deal; the one stop shop for your holiday destination. Come inside, sign on the dotted line and away you go; hassle free holiday in a box.
For me, the draw of the DIY break is in the planning, the excitement of searching for the best places to see, then ignoring them because they are full of tourists. Of course, there will be some places that are a must to visit and will be crowded with people like you, that goes with the territory, but don’t let that be all you see.
The secret of travelling to distant lands is to go where the locals go, eat where the locals eat; they know all the best places. Take the time to learn about the people and their country; you will be rewarded with a holiday to remember and isn’t that what it’s all about?
Glen R Stansfield is an author, biker and self-described nutcase. He can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org. To know more about him, visit glen-r-stansfield.com.