Travel, Partners, and Travel Partners

Travel

We are almost two months into our South American adventure.  We´ve seen countless tourist attractions, joined in in local customs, and have met amazing travellers who are living a similiar lifestyle as us.

It makes such a difference staying in good hostels with a good social atmosphere.  This allows you to sit on a comfy couch and chat with others, getting invaluable advice about what not-to-miss on roads ahead.

Socializing in the common area reminds me of university dorm days as well as past travel experiences.

Recently I was reminded of one piece of advice I told myself to pass on to others: take some time to travel solo!

I took one month on my own a few years ago to travel alone to explore Cambodia and Laos.  It was an amazing trip, where I was forced to rely on myself.  I began to learn my own strengths and weaknesses.  I met people, some of whom, I will try to meet up with again one day.  The trip gave me a sense of power and confidence, that I could truly take on the world.

We have met some solo travellers on this trip, and I had to give them a pat on the back for stepping up to the plate.  It might be scary; some people might not be able to get six months off of work and do international travel.  But in some shape or form, I will stand by my words that you won´t regret taking some sort of alone trip (if your single, or not) to partake in some cliched ¨self discovery¨ time.

Partners

I´m not talking about boyfriends, girlfriends, or spouses.  This trip, as well as being away from home for so long and recently reading a friend´s amazing blog, has put a new perspective on life partners.

Friendship

I´m referring to those people in our lives that you wouldn´t want to live without.  You meet countless people on the road who all make a difference in your life in their own way.  But for me, I remain loyal to a handful of my girls from home (all of whom I wish I was in better contact with at the moment, for which I blame myself).  They are the people I continue to turn to for everything from life updates and requests for advice to reminiscing about our past silliness.

Photo Credit: Powerhouse Museum Collection

We’ve all grown up, and our lives take us in interesting directions, but staying in tune with everyone´s new paths has continued to be such an important part of my adventures.

I´ve also met some ¨partners¨ through my years in Korea.    We initially bonded over the fact of being expats in a foreign country, and then our friendships moved to a different level.  I will make sure to meet them again somewhere in world!  It keeps things exciting.

Connections are hard to come by, so the special ones tend to stand out as something worth keeping!

Travel Partners

At Iguazu Falls, Brazil

Being on the road with someone is a different matter.  I am lucky to have a fanastic travel partner for this adventure.  You definitely have to be careful when choosing a travelbuddy want to be on the road with, and I´d love to hear people´s opinions on the matter.

For me,

It´s crucial to determine what type of trip you want it to be.

For example, do you like to wake up early everyday to sightsee on tours? Go out late at night? Need everything planned to a T? Like to be relaxed and easy going and plan as you go?

Is this going to be budget travel? Will you be staying in budget backpacker hostels or classy hotels?  Do you like big group activities or small group excusions?

Do your personalities mesh well?

You don´t need to be identicial twins with all the same interests, but you should  be able know if you can make decisions together.  There will be a lot of compromising to do.  It´s actually nice to mix some different qualities.  I know I have a weakness for directions, so Edwin is a lifesaver during our outings.

I´ve been told I´m very accomadating which is helpful at times, but apparently very annoying at others.  I am hoping to learn to voice my opinions more.  It´s tiring for one person to always be making the decisions.  Put in your own two cents! (well, that´s what I keep telling myself!).

How will you break up the workload?

It´s helpful to figure out if you want to choose how you will determine destinations, who will book accomodation, transportation, etc. It is definitely nice to share the responsibilities.

Down time?

On a long trip, everyone needs some ¨days off¨.  It has been helpful for us to be open and honest when you want a little time with no distractions so just unwind on your own, do some reading or writing, or just go for a solo walk.  Taking some time time apart will definitely make your time together more meaningful!

 

 

 

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Travel, Partners, and Travel Partners

Travel

We are almost two months into our South American adventure.  We´ve seen countless tourist attractions, joined in in local customs, and have met amazing travellers who are living a similiar lifestyle as us.

It makes such a difference staying in good hostels with a good social atmosphere.  This allows you to sit on a comfy couch and chat with others, getting invaluable advice about what not-to-miss on roads ahead.

Socializing in the common area reminds me of university dorm days as well as past travel experiences.

Recently I was reminded of one piece of advice I told myself to pass on to others: take some time to travel solo!

I took one month on my own a few years ago to travel alone to explore Cambodia and Laos.  It was an amazing trip, where I was forced to rely on myself.  I began to learn my own strengths and weaknesses.  I met people, some of whom, I will try to meet up with again one day.  The trip gave me a sense of power and confidence, that I could truly take on the world.

We have met some solo travellers on this trip, and I had to give them a pat on the back for stepping up to the plate.  It might be scary; some people might not be able to get six months off of work and do international travel.  But in some shape or form, I will stand by my words that you won´t regret taking some sort of alone trip (if your single, or not) to partake in some cliched ¨self discovery¨ time.

Partners

I´m not talking about boyfriends, girlfriends, or spouses.  This trip, as well as being away from home for so long and recently reading a friend´s amazing blog, has put a new perspective on life partners.

Friendship

I´m referring to those people in our lives that you wouldn´t want to live without.  You meet countless people on the road who all make a difference in your life in their own way.  But for me, I remain loyal to a handful of my girls from home (all of whom I wish I was in better contact with at the moment, for which I blame myself).  They are the people I continue to turn to for everything from life updates and requests for advice to reminiscing about our past silliness.

Photo Credit: Powerhouse Museum Collection

We’ve all grown up, and our lives take us in interesting directions, but staying in tune with everyone´s new paths has continued to be such an important part of my adventures.

I´ve also met some ¨partners¨ through my years in Korea.    We initially bonded over the fact of being expats in a foreign country, and then our friendships moved to a different level.  I will make sure to meet them again somewhere in world!  It keeps things exciting.

Connections are hard to come by, so the special ones tend to stand out as something worth keeping!

Travel Partners

At Iguazu Falls, Brazil

Being on the road with someone is a different matter.  I am lucky to have a fanastic travel partner for this adventure.  You definitely have to be careful when choosing a travelbuddy want to be on the road with, and I´d love to hear people´s opinions on the matter.

For me,

It´s crucial to determine what type of trip you want it to be.

For example, do you like to wake up early everyday to sightsee on tours? Go out late at night? Need everything planned to a T? Like to be relaxed and easy going and plan as you go?

Is this going to be budget travel? Will you be staying in budget backpacker hostels or classy hotels?  Do you like big group activities or small group excusions?

Do your personalities mesh well?

You don´t need to be identicial twins with all the same interests, but you should  be able know if you can make decisions together.  There will be a lot of compromising to do.  It´s actually nice to mix some different qualities.  I know I have a weakness for directions, so Edwin is a lifesaver during our outings.

I´ve been told I´m very accomadating which is helpful at times, but apparently very annoying at others.  I am hoping to learn to voice my opinions more.  It´s tiring for one person to always be making the decisions.  Put in your own two cents! (well, that´s what I keep telling myself!).

How will you break up the workload?

It´s helpful to figure out if you want to choose how you will determine destinations, who will book accomodation, transportation, etc. It is definitely nice to share the responsibilities.

Down time?

On a long trip, everyone needs some ¨days off¨.  It has been helpful for us to be open and honest when you want a little time with no distractions so just unwind on your own, do some reading or writing, or just go for a solo walk.  Taking some time time apart will definitely make your time together more meaningful!

 

 

 

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Kristin’s Backpack won 1st Prize for TESL Ontario’s 2011 ESL Week Blog Contest.
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Welcome to Kristin’s Backpack! I jumped on the blogging bandwagon in 2010 to share my Canadian-theatrical-backpacking perspective on my world adventures. With my return to Canada, I will continue to dig into my pockets and reflect on life as it has come to involve Teaching, Travel, and Theatre. Time to unzip the pockets!
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This is what summer is all about- finished a book yesterday and am on to the next today.  I just opened The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, which has been on my shelf for ages.  I have been extremely interested in reading accounts that stem from true stories in a dark history that is often swept to the side.  
At the same time, I have been listening to The Maze Runner series as an audio book and have been extremely captivated by the young characters’ circumstances and their view on the world.  
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