I’ve been re-reading and updating some of my old travel blogs to add on here, and I noticed that some phrases, activities and patterns are often repeated through each trip. Here are some of the things I’ve noticed so far:
I complain about walking anywhere. A lot
There are always shoe-related issues, which contribute to the above
We worry about using public transport, then love it when we do and wonder why we haven’t used it earlier
We always eat in at least one tourist trap restaurant on a main square which has pictures of food on a board outside or a set “touristic” menu, despite swearing we wont set foot inside
We drink in at least one bar which feels like no tourist has ever entered before
I will attempt a few words in the local language, then panic in case people think I am fluent and continue the conversation
Comfy beds and early nights win over late-night drinking sessions
We never eat or drink in the restaurants or bars I have meticulously researched, although I always point them out as we pass
I remember bars and restaurants I’ve researched easily, but always fail to remember any important historical or cultural facts about a city
I am easily bribed by alcohol
Completing a three-day carefully planned itinerary in one afternoon, and then wandering around aimlessly with no particular place to go.
At some point we will stand on a street corner with a map looking confused, hoping someone doesn’t ask if they can help because we don’t know where we’re trying to go
We love a good free walking tour
We’re not very cultured and prefer architecture, gardens and parks to museums and galleries
We have a penchant for tacky fridge magnets (particularly those with bottle openers attached) and Christmas decorations. And souvenir bottles of local alcohol which will never be opened, or will be mixed in some exotic concoction on New Years Eve when all the wine has been drank.
We will always open every drawer and cupboard when we check into our room, celebrate the presence/mourn the absence of a kettle, loudly proclaim “and this is the bathroom…” like a substandard estate agent, and click every light switch to “see what it does…”
What are your travel habits? And which ones will you try and break in 2016?