As an avid traveler, I am often faced with a conundrum: go somewhere new or revisit places I’ve already been (and loved). I full on realize that if I am going to get into the 100 club, I need to get new passport stamps and have new experiences. But I’ve fallen in love with so many places I’ve been that I often have the hunger to go back and see more.
An obvious example for this is Spain. I’ve traveled to Spain too many times to count, several times each year. I’ve seen Spain on the beaten path and off the beaten path, and everything in between. But Spain is probably not the best example as I practically live there at this point. Madrid and Granada are both second home bases, and at this point disembarking at a Spanish airport is arriving back at home.
Indonesia is probably a better example. In January, I visited Lombok, the Gili Islands, and a little bit of Bali. I am in the process of planning a big Asia trip (where I will most definitely revisit countries I’ve already traveled), and I really want to visit Komodo. It is a little out of the way of my planned Asia trek, but at the same time, I am not going to allow the fact that I have been to Indonesia prevent me from seeing Komodo dragons.
But it is always a tough decision. My bucket list is filled with countries I’ve never visited: Sri Lanka, Namibia, and New Zealand just to name a few. On the other hand, it is an asset, especially in my industry, to have specializations. I can easily plan a multi week trip to Spain, with day to day suggestions and advice, for my clients. And I can make individual itineraries to suit needs to a variety of traveler types. But for my clients who really want to explore a country like Tanzania, where I’ve been once but can not provide the ins and outs, I defer to my friends at G Adventures or various other travel companies where I have connections, to ensure memorable and meaningful travels.
Bottom line, the more of the world I see, the better I will be at my job. Therefore my New Years Resolution remains the same every year: three new passport stamps/countries per calendar year. Despite being in Spain at the moment, I’ve already exceeded that this year (Cuba, Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia). And my still-in-the-process-of-planning but will-be-happeing adventure in Southeast Asia will include a nice mix of new countries and countries I want to visit again.
If you need help planning a trip to Spain or anywhere else, please let me know. I can help!
(Photo: Rice paddies, Lombok, Indonesia)