A world without surprises would be missing a lot more than a milk chocolate layer on the outside, and a white chocolate layer on the inside with a handy-dandy toy in the center. Surprises make life interesting. Tony Robbins says, "How many of you love surprises!?" Everyone's hands go up. He then responds, "B***s**t. You like the surprises you want. The ones you don't want, you call problems." So when you travel, do some surprises that you want! ...and maybe that will help you manage the surprises that you don't want?!
As much as tour guides are amazing or having friends who can show you local secrets or “authentic locations” is great, when traveling, there is nothing like guiding your own journey. If you are with a bunch of family members or friends, get everyone in your group to be in charge of one activity during your travels. Benefit one: everyone is happy because they get to do their activity of interest. Benefit two: the onus is on you to dig deep down and find your assertive, decisive, explorer-self who can lead your group through the chaos of unexplored territory – and that feels good.
Don’t just focus on mental or physical activates. Do a mixture of both! If you’ve gone to 5 art galleries already maybe it’s time for a pub. If you’ve gone to 5 pubs already maybe it’s time to declare yourself far enough into pub golf (each bar is a hole) and go finish the back four holes! No, but seriously, I’m thinking a mixture of different activities is essential for a solid vacation. Don’t focus too much on eating and drinking, sports and adrenaline or educational and sophisticated – mix it up!!
A symptom of post modernism is that "the individual feels powerless in society" and "the world is fragmented." When you travel you realize that the world isn't such a big and daunting place and that you as an individual aren't so small and powerless after all. A fragmented world becomes increasingly more connected when men and women pick up their belongings and travel the world in search of new friendships, new experiences and a deeper connection to the reality they exist in!! When something big and overwhelming becomes small and manageable, confidence, joy and determination are boosted – making you feel great!!
YOU NEED TO DOCUMENT YOUR TRIP so that you can look back on it and fully appreciate how awesome it was!!! I mean, Sydney Binnington was the one who proposed this "key thing," and she actually said, "Instagram," but I just used that as a proxy for document haha...SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, HERE IS PART 3 OF MY DOCUMENTED EXPERIENCE IN NELSON, BC!!