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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Travelling Apprehension

When I was younger I visited Colorado and some surrounding states with my family. As an adult Hubs and I have gone on cruises and visited a friend of mine in San Diego. We also visit Virginia Beach where his parents are. Last year I went to North Carolina for a conference. This year I'm attending the same conference in Portland, and I'm also attending a conference in New Orleans. 

All of those trips aren't hard in terms of planning. I've been with friends or family, or on a cruise or conference where many activities are curated for you to choose from. What gives me anxiety is taking a trip where no one I know awaits me. We're hoping to go to Hawaii next year, and I'd love to eventually make it to Italy. 

I get anxiety when I think about planning activities in a place I've never been where there is no one I know. I don't want to get caught up in tourist traps or scams. I want to travel around in the most efficient way. I'm also very concerned about looking too much like a tourist or doing something offensive to the culture of a location.

The first uncharted territory we make our way to, I'm sure will come with lots of Google research. 

Where have you gone? How did you plan for your trip?
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  1. I'm planning on going to San Diego in January for 3 months and I know no one there. If I think about it too hard, I get a little freaked, but I think it'll be a good experience for me. Scary, but good.

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    1. Wow for three months?! That's awesome! When it gets closer remind me to tell you the things to definitely check out. We stayed a week, and now we want to live there some time in the future lol

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    2. I'm traveling with work. I'm not sure where I'll be in San Diego and I'm leaving my car on this coast. The warmth is part of why I chose it. I'm snow birding. Give me any tips for things to see. :)

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  2. I love, love, love to travel. I actually miss having a job where I travel. when it comes to seeing new places, I can definitely understand the apprehension though. Awwee, this makes me want to plan a vacation or at least fund a job where I can travel again!

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  3. Well, here's an idea: how about beginning to make contacts in those areas/countries/regions/cities, e.g. through your blog, BEFORE you venture there. Thanks to the Internet that's possible, before that really only ham radio operators had a similar chance.

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  4. My husband and I went to Maui. No one awaited us there. There was a bit of anxious-feeling for us, mostly because it was the first time we were both going so far away from home. I think traveling time was about 10 hours? We pretty much–did as you mentioned–and just researched a lot before going. We made sure to "eat like the locals" and visit as many highly rated/reviews restaurants as we could. I think we planned 1, maybe 2 "touristy" activities, like going to a Luau and on a dinner cruise. There's really no getting around looking like a tourist when you do these things because, almost everyone there is a tourist! Lol Much of the time, we just relaxed on the beach because, we aren't much for planned activities. It was fun. I would say the best way to avoid tourist scams (and offending local culture) is–as you mentioned–research.

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