Yes, really. That’s my advice. You get to experience the joy of discovering stunning new places by chance. Places you never knew existed before. Places like Logarska Valley in Slovenia. Who wouldn’t want to spend a few days there? There are many hidden gems of breath-taking natural beauty, tucked away off the usual beaten track, not well known or talked about.
I’m often amazed at the discovery of beauty and splendour in places as I travel Europe that I just happen to ‘stumble upon’ as I wasn’t following any set schedule or plan and kinda just going wherever the wind was blowing me.
That might sound frivolous, lazy or careless to some, I know, but actually no. The point I’m trying to make is, don’t have too many expectations and plans of fitting in lots of particular destinations and activities.
Take your time as you travel Europe or travel anywhere. Just be in the moment, wherever you are. It sounds pretty darn obvious I know, but when I first started to travel Europe I had so many expectations. so many places listed that I wanted to see. I didn’t want to miss out on anything. In hindsight that eagerness meant I missed out on a hell of a lot. Eventually, I realised that even though there very well could be a better camping spot or hostel around the next bend, it will still be there tomorrow, so it can stay in tomorrow, as I’m happy enjoying where I am right now.
That’s the times I remember and look back on fondly, the times I was in the moment, happy to be in the moment.
All the times I was rushing to be somewhere else, to make a deadline, those are long since forgotten. And I did have many of those, way too many.
There’s nothing new in anything I’ve said, but I still need to remind myself. It’s amazing, even now, how often I forget my own wisdom.
There’s still so much I haven’t seen, so many places I haven’t been. I will continue to travel Europe and travel everywhere, but I no longer care, as I once did, if I don’t manage to do it all this trip, and I no longer try, and now I always, always have a great time.