This isn’t some existential question about finding yourself or discovering new horizons. Some people have a travel type: the extreme adventure seekers, the beach bums, the international shoppers (yes, really, just ask the flocks of Brazilians at Santiago’s malls). So I’m curious, what tangible sights or experiences get you out of the house and headed toward a new destination?
I don’t know that I fit into a specific category, but there are definitely thing that do and don’t attract me. Beaches aren’t it, despite my self-diagnosed tanorexia. I LOVED our honeymoon in Aruba and anniversary in Hawaii, but there’s just too much world to see. I get antsy if I spend more than a few days just lying in the sun, feeling like I’m wasting my vacation time relaxing instead of discovering.
The great art museums of the world don’t call to me. While a recent bachelor party for a friend of Rodolfo’s was specifically planned around where to find the best party casino, I couldn’t care less about gambling. And while I’m up for adventure, you won’t find me heading to some far-flung place just to jump off a cliff.
Obviously one thing I do like is food. I went to Capitán Pastene just for authentic Italian food in the south of Chile. And we visited Santa Cruz for the area’s wine and food, which counts under the overall heading of gastronomy. Even when eating isn’t my primary motive for a trip, the first thing I look up online is must-eat restaurants – forget the must-see sights, I want to know where to get good, local food.
I don’t just eat though, guys, although it may seem like I do at times. I also dig historical spots. I could try to blame this one on Rodolfo the history major, but I minored in classical civilizations, so I think it’s on me. While you won’t catch me in art museums, history museums are a different story. And if you’ve got an old building, whether perfectly preserved or falling into ruin, I’m there.
The real draw, however, is usually something intangible. I mean, I’ve seen nothing historical and eaten nothing noteworthy in Patagonia, and I’m still crazy about the area. And my dream trip is an African safari, which features animals and natural beauty, two things I like but don’t always pursue around the globe.
As much as I may try to break down my thought process, when it comes to travel, it’s all still one big adventure. Heading away from home into the unknown is a break in your routine, but when you travel a lot, those breaks can start to form their own routine. Sometimes it takes a little bit of shaking things up to put the adventure back into travel. As long as that shake up comes in the form of being out voted and sentenced to a luxurious beach in Hawaii, as it did in my case last year, I think I’ll be just fine.
So, what gets you traveling?