“I regret travelling around the world; I wish I’d stayed home instead,”
… said no-one ever.
The open line to my friend Simon’s recent post entitled My biggest travel regrets. You probably know Simon, he runs a super sweet blog over at http://www.manversusworld.com. If you don’t know the fine fellow to which I am referring or his blog, shame on you! I suggest you hot step it over there and check it out, for his blog and the a fore mentioned post in particular have spawned a cool new tag post series, within which I have been lucky enough to be tagged.
I’ll admit I am a lucky git when it comes to travelling, this site is case in point to that fact, but I am my own worse enemy when it comes to thinking ‘what if’. I wonder if I could have done things better or smarter, I wonder if I’ve missed out on experiences that could have changed me forever. I guess you could say that makes me a greedy traveler of sorts, but doesn’t everyone have just a few little regrets from their time on the road?
1. I didn’t explore Thailand
So its 2006 and I’m on my rtw trip. In between leaving Sri Lanka and hitting Oz I stop in Thailand for a week. A WEEK? Whats that about? God I wish I could slap my 24 year old self around the face with a power house backhander, the type that leaves you cheeks still shuddering a week later. What on earth was I thinking, why didn’t I take a week or two or three to explore Thailand?
Luckily for my cheeks they were spared the pain of said backhander as I was able to right my wrong two years later and re-visit Thailand for a much longer period that an week. It was worth the wait, but its a mistake I should never have made in the first place!
2. I didn’t stay longer in India
India and I didn’t always get along. For the first two weeks of my volunteering project I sat in the volunteer digs and twiddled my thumbs, the project I had signed up and payed for seemingly didn’t exist. It was a pretty frustrating time. Luckily things did get better, but by that point I was already set on returning to Sri Lanka early on the back of having had such an amazing time there before heading to India.
I spent those first couple of weeks as I say twiddling my thumbs and trying to get to know the other volunteers, but maybe I should just have been a bit more selfish and left the house to go explore the country!? I could argue that I spent a fair bit of money on becoming involved with that volunteer project, but as it was nearly non existent maybe I should have just filed for a refund and left to explore India on my own. I’m gutted I never made it north to Agra, and south west to Kerala. One day in the future maybe …
3. I didn’t go to Tasmania with a mate
Whilst in Oz like most I was determined to visit Ayers Rock and one random morning I walked into the travel agent and booked up my 4 day tour, happy days. Upon returning to my hostel and meeting up with a mate, before I could tell him my epic news he told me he was off to Tasmania on a roadtrip for a week and asked if I wanted to join. Hell yes did I want to join, a road trip sounded awesome, but wait what dates did you just say mate? … ah feck they clash with the tour I just booked.
Now, yes I was on a budget, but why was I such a tight wod as to not even look into moving my Ayers Rock tour? It might have cost $100 or so, but I would have probably waxed that down in the hostel bar within two evenings anyway, so $100 here or there wouldn’t have made a massive difference. I wish I wish I wish i’d have changed my dates and gone to Tazzy with my mate.
So there you have it, 3 of my biggest travel regrets. To be fair, I have little to complain about when it comes to travel, I am very fortunate to be able to do what I do. Still, every now and then I allow myself to wonder what if …
Like all other relay type posts, there comes a time whereby I must hand over the metaphorical baton to a few other worthy travel bloggers. Step forward these incredible peeps …
Lizzie Davey – @Wanderfulworld1
Kate Clarke – @Canuckiwikate
Kiera Barnes – @TravelTheatrics
Tom Stockwell @waegook_tom
Chris Stevens – @bckpackerbanter