Relax and Enjoy Your Vacation

Relax and enjoy yourself, after all it's your vacation. Yes, there are dangers and issues with safety, but these can be dealt with in a satisfactory manner.

Here is my story of overcoming problems and having a great trip.

Rome's Buses - Havens for Pick Pockets.

I had my wallet stolen on a bus on the way from the train station to the Vatican in Rome in 1982. This is arguably the most pick pocketed bus in the world.

It upset me, because I had my address book in it with all my addresses of the people I had met all summer. That was the one thing I didn't want to lose, and I lost it.

It was dumb of me. I should have spent a few hours, copied it or put it in an Excel spreadsheet at some Internet Café and mailed or emailed it back to me.

I didn't. They were gone...

Did it ruin my trip? No. I went on. I made out the police report at the Rome police station (an adventure in itself.)

I did take off the rest of the day and searched every trash can for the discarded remains of my wallet. I didn't care about the money. I just wanted my address book back.

Tough luck. I didn't find it.

I found peace at the Vatican.

I did go to the Vatican the next day and found out what it's like to be Catholic. I forgot my problems in one of the most glorious cathedrals in history.

Very humbling...

The Story has a happy ending. A month later after I returned to the US, I received a package from the US State Department branch at Rome. It was my wallet, WITH my all important address book. So I had my connection with all those wonderful people I met.

It was great. As always, don't sweat the small stuff. It's all small stuff...

Yes, there are others who say you should do this and not miss that. Let them talk, that's their vacation. You relax and enjoy yourself. It's your vacation.

Here are my travel ways, you'll soon find out yours...

  • I let travel take over my life through its charms and momentum. I let it sooth me and replace my anxieties with new ideas and ways.

  • It's the movement that allows me to work out all the little problems in my subconscious.

  • I heal myself, while my conscious is infinitely entertained with travel's here and now: ancient castles, fish dinners in the moonlight, museums, and narrow alley-ways.

  • I work out my troubles quite easily through viewing crisp vistas and really scary driving situations, (which are almost always easy to handle.)

    My favorite sunset in Porto, Corsica.

  • The results are that I completely forget my troubles. (Don't sweat the small stuff. It's all small stuff.)

  • I realize there is a happier life in slowing down, being with people, and enjoying the cheap thrills of travel.

One's travel objectives should not only include running away from problems (always a good idea), but also running to solutions that are constantly revealing themselves through travel. 

So take your time.

Do you your homework. Take your trip. Live your vacation. Not my vacation. Not George's vacation (whoever he is.) Your vacation.

Enjoy yourself. You deserve it!

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Here is a quick list of Travel Secrets I found out about on my trips. I hope it helps you in your search for better travel:

Go to the Page on My Way to Travel

Slowing Down

Nervous about travel?

Travel is Scary

Learn to Like Yourself as You Are

Time Slows Down when Traveling

Retirement Plans

KISS - Keep It Simple Stupid

Being Stupid

The Power of the Open Question

Ask the Unbusy Police Officer

Ask the Locals - They know

Listening - An Important Skill in Travel

Contrast the Old and the New

Some Unusual Travel Insights

Be a Good Guest

Take a Walk - Relax - Enjoy Good Travel

Get Lost on a Bus - I Dare You

Change Course - Follow Someone Else's Idea of a Good Trip

Good Exercise is a Travel Bonus


Interacting with Children in a Foreign Land

Treatment of Americans Abroad


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