Travelling and immersing oneself in foreign cultures: A daunting thought to some, while others consider it second nature. Being of the latter, I personally find it very hard to understand that some people plan their annual holiday trip according to a random price in a magazine. “The all-inclusive deal to Spain is € 150,- less than the one to Turkey? Okay then, let’s go to Spain”. I really don’t care, is what the message here is. Just give me some sunshine and a beach!
While there is nothing wrong with sunshine and beaches, it is absolutely UNIMAGINABLE for me, though, that a travel decision has nothing to do with the people living in the city or destination. After all, it is them (and their often touching and beautiful stories) that make up a country, a culture, a destination – at least for me. The first thing I think about when travelling to a new area or city is this: “Where and how can I meet the local people, Couchsurfing or else?” If you visit a city or destination for the first time (and prefer a hotel over couchsurfing), I recommend you to get in touch with a Greeter: Local people who show “their” Paris or Buenos Aires, as I experienced earlier this year for instance. On a Greeter tour, you go on a free city tour with a local which is totally exclusive and very individual: Travelling at its best, I believe.
Highlights on the road: Quo vadis, “Creativelena” … ?
Well then, dear readers. I will let you in about my magic year 2013. Andalucia is just as beautiful as the cliché – only better in real life. Buenos Aires offers a bustling, colourful city visit. Chile pulls at your every heart string – from its far north in San Pedro de Atacama down to its very south, trekking in Torres del Paine. Denmark welcomes us to one of the largest music festivals ever – 100.000 people celebrate in Roskilde each year! France is what it is, both heavenly and divine – let me tell you how the Grande Nation truly lives and dines! And then there is … our visit to the Austrian gourmet capital city Graz and Ireland, the island of the (Guinness) blessed. I even made it as far as “Z like Zeche Zollverein” this year: My UNESCO World Heritage trip in Germany has been gorgeous, both in terms of cultural sights as well as all the warm-hearted people I met.
Well, yes. Actually, I have almost spent 2013 travelling. Crazy! Sort of on the way, I discovered my hack at nude painting, survived falling off a horse in Argentina and fell in love not only with the magic landscapes during our “Balticdiscovery” trip in May this year …! 😉 Want to know more? Then check this out.
And you? What is it that impressed you the most this year? Which people have you met along the way, what have you felt, which countries have you travelled to feeling happy, excited, stunned or just fascinated? Let me know and tell me about your highlight experiences in 2013.
Thank you so much for your loyalty and interest, by the way. You are the best readers one can wish for. Really! Have a great and exciting 2014: Happy New Year everyone! 😀