For the Love of Wanderlust recently tagged me for a series on Travel Confessions. The torch has been passed and I am honoured that she thought of me!
There are a few rules in the Travel Confessions series:
- Post a photo (or photos) and description(s) of your confession(s) in a new post.
- Tweet your post with hashtag #TravelConfession and follow/tweet @Traveling9to5
- Tag 3 other travelers you’d love to see
1. I could get lost in a grocery store!
Seriously…it is true! It is a wonder that I love to travel the world and throw myself into new locations all of the time. In an act of self preservation, I have taken to photographing street signs and landmarks to anchor my route home! Thank goodness for digital technology – I can retrace my steps and find my way home with a series of street signs, random corners and residential gardens. Especially helpful in countries where I can not even begin to pronounce the name of the streets. Take Prague for an example – try as I might, the language was beyond my ability! I have been known to show my photos to strangers too in an attempt to get home!
One of the things I loved when walking the Camino de Santiago was all the yellow arrows. I am convinced my ability to walk across a country was due to the fact that they had literally thousands of these arrows constantly directing me west!
Don’t think I have gotten away unscathed either. A wrong turn in Temuco, Chile, and I found myself a victim of a mugging and not so friendly encounter with a city bus (read: I was hit by the bus!!!). Have certainly learned a few lessons along the way and am as passionate as ever about travel!
2. I can’t drive stick!
This limitation in ability has narrowed my options while traveling in Europe. Basically, I don’t rent a car. I am sure confession #1 also comes into play – it is one thing to get lost walking – but I am sure I could go miles out of the way with the power of a car propelling me further off course. Conveniently, I find public transit in Europe to be better than at home and get around just fine! There certainly are times when that car would be useful. A recent trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia had me wishing I had a car.
I also overcome the lack of driving a manual car by cycling when I travel. Europe is perfect for two wheeling it – it is a great way to see the country and speaks to my adventurous side! More of my favourite cycling adventures include Cycling Across Canada, cycling Australia’s Great Ocean Road and the epic Paris-Brest-Paris!
To keep the Travel Confessions series alive….I nominate the following 3 fellow travel bloggers:
They always have a great story to tell!