There are certain experiences in life that particularly stand out in one’s memory – like that of a first love, and love lost, graduations and major life changes. The strongest memories range from good to bad, from monumental and minuscule, to irrelevant and downright quirky. For me, I remember the loves, the losses, the changes and quite often, the teensy tiny odd moments too. Sometimes, I simply have to laugh at myself, for what I remember and for what was once oh, so, important and is now barely ghosts, shadows of a memory. When traveling there are plenty of these moments as well, and while many are life-changing and ever so important, many moments remain momentary figments of importance – while other memories are romanticized, forever remembered, as the best times ever. In these romanticized memories, most minuscule moments are given leave to fade, and others are built up and celebrated. If you remember that time that you missed your train, or you found yourself stranded somewhere for an extended period of time, in which that moment was stressful and worrisome – these are the moments seldom remembered as time passes, and yet other moments like when you went out for a beer with a fellow hostel-goer, or when you saw this place or that attraction are remembered with fuzzy warmth and vibrant colors. In this, our minds trick us, but often for the good.
Here’s why, and here’s what you can do about it.
Who can’t relate to the dreaded feeling of being stuck behind a desk when all you want to do is frolic outside? Those who have tasted the wild know that it is difficult to ever be fully satisfied in the domesticated world again.
As technology advances, our lifestyle changes and so industries evolve as well. It’s amazing to think how tremendously different life has changed and evolved each and every decade. Highly advanced computers that we could barely even dream of 40 years ago are now the size of credit cards. Heck, credit cards have completely changed the way people make payments, pay bills and manage their money while traveling abroad – and then there’s digital money, where you can manage your accounts online, pay bills through the digital inter-webs, and never actually leave your house to do your shopping. Music used to be played in a physical state, made of metals and plastics, and now you can have the equivalent of 1,000+ records available at anytime on an MP3 player the size of your big toe nail. Speaking of music, technology has revolutionized the music recording industry, as well as the photography and videography industries. Anyone can do it now, you know? There’s some good and some bad there though – the amount of artistic talent needed has dropped dramatically (but that’s another theme for future rant, I’m sure). Cars basically drive themselves now-a-days, and then there’s GPS’s, where you no longer need to use paper maps, and you can basically forget about asking for directions anymore.
The Inca Trail - what kind of images does it conjure up for you? If you’ve never hiked along this famous path in the Peruvian Andes, the first thing that springs to mind will undoubtedly be Machu Picchu. This famous Inca city that lay undiscovered by the western world for hundreds of years is a truly spectacular sight to behold.
Route 66 is no ordinary road - it's an instantly recognizable slice of US culture. I think it's pretty safe to say that most of us associate it with the ultimate road trip experience, but how much do you know about its cultural and historical significance? Whether you're planning to hit Route 66 soon or you're just daydreaming about doing so in the distant future, it's well worth versing yourself in its history before you arrive.
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