Lots of people love to travel. I can’t get enough of it. Yet, for me it’s not that I want to simply “travel.” Wherever I go, I’m looking for an opportunity to “live there” – even if it’s only for a few days. This isn’t always possible on first visits (I call visits to new places “Scouting Trips” now). When we find a place we like, we want to spend time and blend in. We resume our life, but it’s all new and exciting. We usually don’t go to a hotel, and rarely join a tour. We wander.
For example, when my wife and I go to Amsterdam now, we stay in a canal house in the Jordaan become part of the local scene: Coffee and breakfast at a local cafe, followed by a nice walk through town in the morning. Lunch by a canal and hitting a local market in the afternoon. Chatting with the be-suited businessman ordering a spliff after a long day of work at a neighborhood Coffee Shop (no, not the Bulldog). A beer at a nondescript local pub and a game of darts with the bartender and her friend…
Just living, but with all the excitement and freshness of a new setting: people, customs, food, drinks – always hearing interesting things and learning. People around the world are compelling in so many ways. They’ve experienced things I’ve never thought about, and they look at the world with a completely different perspective. As much as I love travel with my wife, I also thoroughly enjoy traveling solo because I never have to stick to an itinerary or worry about what someone else wants to do, and I always find myself meeting amazing new people, and learning along the way.
This blog/site will start primarily as a journal of sorts for this sort of “immersion travel” (if you have a better term, I’m all ears). I’ll be posting my own entries and invite others to join me in describing where they went and stayed, where they ate, what they saw, who they met, and how they lived.
Enough talk. Let’s live.