They say that getting there’s half the fun, that the joy’s in the journey, not the destination. Can’t say I disagree. And whilst flying is definitely the fastest way of getting somewhere our tight finances are grounding us at the moment.
But that’s okay, there are loads of other interesting ways to get around. Even if it takes us longer to reach our destination.
Just means we’ll have more fun along the way.
I’ve never been one for cruises, although I must admit when I see a ship docked I think ridiculously of the Love Boat. Thoughts of whiling away the days on the high seas with hunky waiters swirling cocktails, and where on board you eat, drink, play, eat, maybe disembark, eat, drink and play some more. Okay, doesn’t sound too bad.
Still, I think I prefer my adventures on land.
I do love being on the water though . Canoeing, kayaking, enjoying that slow pace that allows us to feel at one with the frogs. Tranquil, reflective times that still the mind.
Still, sometimes we want to ramp up the pace.
Have you ever felt like you just want to board a train and steam off into the night?
Now to me this is a fun way to travel. There’s something romantic about riding the rails, watching the countryside pass whilst relaxing, cocooned inside a railway carriage.
Call me loopy, but when we were on board the steam train in Maldon recently I felt like I was in a Harry Potter movie on board the Hogwarts Express.
Then there’s the joy of pedal power.
The breeze, the rush, the fun of seeing sights up close and personal. I have fond memories of exhilarating bike rides in Austria and pedaling alongside canals in Amsterdam when I traveled to Europe many years ago.
As a child I used to be dinked on mum’s bicycle before they got their car. She’d pack her groceries in the front basket and me on the back seat!
Then there’s the good old fashioned horse and wagon. Now I’m not that old but I can vouch that this mode of transport is like stepping back in time to the gypsy age.
This clip clop adventure that I wrote about here still rates as one of our quirkiest camping trips, a very slow paced and leisurely journey.
Or you can skip the wagon and saddle up for a view and a ride of a lifetime.
For us these days we’re traveling a bit easier in our trusty car and camper.
But at the end of the day the best mode of transport is right in front of us. These two feet of mine have walked to some amazing places.
Enjoy the ride and don’t forget to slow down, smell the roses (and the coffee) and take in the views along the way.
Remember it doesn’t matter how we reach our destination. The important thing is to enjoy every minute of the journey, always moving forward, loving life, with no regrets.
Maybe, just maybe, the journey IS the destination.
This is in response to Ailsa’s’ Travel theme: Transport – Where’s my Backpack