Europe is among the most visited continents in the world, and for good reason, because it’s jam-packed full of historic landmarks, popular attractions, cultural icons, beautiful natural areas, antique structures, and a myriad of different cultures, languages, foods, histories, and ways of living life on this planet. From Spain to France to Germany to Switzerland, and of course Italy, Austria, Poland and Norway; and while the list goes on, as there are over 25 countries in Europe, the possibilities for a memorable trip are seemingly endless...
New technologies are always changing and ever evolving, and where some technologies make our life easier, others seem to complicate life. It was once thought that Facebook and cell phones would connect us and enrich our lives, and now it seems to have only done the opposite, splitting us apart, consuming our free time, and changing the way we socialize and interact with the world at large. And then there are other inventions that feel like no-brainers, because they truly do enrich our lives, without causing further negativities on our lifestyles and on our planet.
Are you the type of camper who just can’t bring yourself to travel light? Like, no matter what you do and no matter how much you cut down on the belongings you bring, you still end up with a sack full of things? Well, you’re not the only one. I’m guilty of being a travel hoarder as well.
Renting a car has many perks. If you are traveling anywhere with your family or friends, it is very useful to have a car at hand. You have the freedom of managing your own time, peace of mind, not relying on anything else for transportation, the comfort of packing as much as you want, the variety of options and the freedom of movement to go where you please without having to worry about bus schedules, waiting for an Uber, or the hustle of bringing your own car. Oh wait! Did I mention the freedom it gives? As you can tell, that is one of the biggest things for me when deciding on transportation while visiting any place.
Few experiences in life are as life changing and inspiring as traveling the world. Seeing other worlds, other cultures, and ways of life drew my focus and expanded my mind and I’ve changed for the better because of all of the experiences and the people I’ve met along the way. Nothing compares to seeing a new land, where the light seems to shine differently, and the plants and flowers are different, the animals, and of course, the people.
There’s this deep sensation of wonder and beauty that comes with exploring new and seemingly endless worlds, and with each new taste, sight and sound, the flavors and colors of life paint my mind with rich memories that I’ll never forget. To me, travel is about taking it slow, living in the moment, and experiencing every new thing you can. Sure, you can head to the beach and roll around beneath the sun and call it travel, but to me, true authentic travel changes more about you than you thought possible. Personally, I travel to change for the better, to understand better, and to grow, rather than to stay the same. With that mindset, I’ve learned, comes a whole new world of expanding views, colors, lands, and tastes. And every moment is beautiful.
Speaking from personal experience, there’s nothing that ruins the trip of a lifetime quicker than that being robbed. I’ve been pickpocketed in Scotland, had my window broken and things stolen from me in the USA, and I had my bank account raided, and I’ll never forget having my rental car smashed and grabbed in Puerto Rico. While my years of traveling through 26 countries has taught me that most people have good in their hearts, these moments keep me levelheaded and aware, always.
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