Travel: Then and Now

Travelling has always been and continues to be a great learning experience for our little family. Some aspects, though, have changed in recent times.

Then:

Wild (as in wildlife :)) and remote destinations were among our top choices.

Now:

The ‘not-so-wild’ and ‘definitely-not’ remote destinations dominate our list.

 

Then:

Key features of the destination included hiking trails and adventure activities, such as kayaking and trekking.

Now:

Primary attractions are zoos, aquaria, parks and sometimes, even malls (I wouldn’t have imagined this a few years ago :))!

 

Then:

We stayed in ‘budget’ accomodation, satisfied with a ‘decent'(clean) room in a fairly good hotel (a few unfavorable hotel reviews could be overlooked).

Now:

We need a ‘good'(clean, spacious, comfortable) room in a very good hotel (hotel reviews on the Internet must be very very favorable, a single review reporting the tiniest of insects can put us off).

 

Then:

The entire itinerary would be decided in advance, and changes, on location, were very minor.

Now:

Several ‘potential’ itineraries are planned, allowing for flexibility, and of course, changes on reaching the location, are major 🙂

 

Then:

Come rain or shine, the trip would be fine.

Now:

It should be neither too hot nor too cold. Heavy rains are a dampener. Weather conditions must be just ‘perfect’ for travel.

 

Then:

Busy schedule from sunrise to way past sunset.

Now:

One major (lasting about 3 hours) activity for the day, afternoon siesta time is an absolute must!

 

Then:

All ‘must-dos’ and ‘must-sees’ in a place were done and seen. Quick-paced vacation.

Now:

A few points of interest are covered. Leisurely, slow-paced vacation.

 

Then:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner were quick, at varying times and usually ‘on-the-go’.

Now:

Mealtimes are fixed and take considerable time.

 

Then:

Light and minimal baggage.

Now:

More bags and a long travel checklist.

 

Then:

2 adults.

Now:

2 adults and 1 toddler.

 

One aspect has definitely not changed.

Then AND Now:

TRAVEL – A FUN-FILLED EXPERIENCE!

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