When I travel, I usually just maintain my personal care as best I can until I get home. However, long-term travel is hard on a middle-aged body, so if I didn’t want to look like Tom Hanks in Castaway, I’d knew I’d need some extra TLC.
Sometimes when we visit a place, we see every last inch of it, chew it up, drain the dregs, and belch comfortably as our train rolls away from the station. Sometimes, we get a taste of the place and enjoy it so much that we’d like to go back. That’s what we did with 24 hours in Salzburg.
Why do people go on tours? I decided to do a side-by-side comparison of two trips and find out. We recently took two daytrips from Vienna, and I will now compare and contrast our two trips: a tour to the Wachau Valley, and a DIY trip to Budapest.
In my previous post about this homeschool project, I decided not to call it a gap year, but a Ferris Bueller Year. “Gap year” sounds like you’ve dropped off the face of the earth, but “Ferris Bueller year” sounds like you shucked off society to go do something that was good for you. Kid 3 is a year too young for his grade, so we decided to take him out of school for a year between middle and high school and travel while we let him catch up. So far, so good!
Travel lets you see the world, experience new cultures, and taste delicacies you never knew existed. It can also be a lonely time if you’re traveling solo or you’re with your people but need a break from them. This is especially true for long-term travel, when your best buddies are a million miles away.
I have always tried to treat everybody I met with respect. Turns out, my outward actions were not the problem. Sometimes I treated people nicely in public, but perpetuated racist ideas in private. Or in my own head.