The title of this article might throw you off. A lot of people are under the impression that when they travel from point A to point B, that the travel time and the experience in of itself, make it memorable. Well, you shouldn’t assume that much. Seriously.
The interesting thing about human memory, is the fact that in any given second, our senses are actually picking up thousands upon thousands of data points. If you don’t believe me pay attention to what you’re sitting on, pay attention to your clothing, pay attention to what you’re seeing and hearing, and pay attention to the taste inside your mouth. Convinced yet? You should be.
Every single time, as long as you divert your focus to your sensory organs, it seems that you are being bombarded with a tremendous amount of data input and stimuli. Welcome to the real world, this is how the body works on a 24/7 basis, but interestingly enough, we only choose to remember and hang on to, a tiny fraction of all of that.
At the end of the day I can guarantee you that of all the things that you’ve seen, smelled, heard, tasted, and felt throughout the day, you probably would be lucky if you remember only one detail, as far as your long-term memory goes. This should not come as a shock because that’s how memory works. You’re having a great time in the moment, you’re seeing a lot of things, and you’re definitely engaged, but at the end of the day, none of that really matters, because you only choose to hang on to one thing.
Now, why am I talking about memory in this article about friends? Well, it really all boils down to how much of your trip you want to remember. Sadly, most travelers travel in such a way that they don’t make it easy on themselves, their trips are a blip. Their trips are basically just diary entries, that’s the only way that they would know that they’ve been out of the country; that’s the only way they would remember their trip.
This really is too bad, because if you’re traveling, and you’re spending your hard-earned dollars to travel, it would be nice if you remembered a lot of the details and it would be nice to hang on to a lot of the impressions and feelings that you had as you went through your trip. Now, this doesn’t mean that you have to memorize each and every detail, there’s no need to overdo things, there’s no need to go that far. But it really would be great to remember enough details so you can feel a little bit more enriched by the fact that you’ve gone traveling.
Sadly, the reason why too many travelers have trips that are far from memorable is due to the fact that they take walking trips, or they just jump from one itinerary point to the other, thanks to a bus trip that really zips them and threw their itineraries. If you’ve ever signed up for one of those three days two nights “quote-unquote packages” this is the kind of experience you get. Don’t expect to remember your trip, don’t expect to experience profound memories, realizations, and insights during the trip; that’s just not going to happen.
For your trip to be truly memorable, you have to position yourself for a memorable trip. In other words, you have to experience the country in a way that there’s a high likelihood that you will continue to reminisce about that one particular trip.
How do you do this? Very simple, set up a long bus ride. That’s right, get on a bus trip and just enjoy the countryside.
Now, this is very important. The countryside. Not the city, not the suburbs, the countryside. If you really want to get to the soul of any country, you really want to understand the national character of that geographic region, go to the countryside. People are less pretentious, people will let you know what’s on their mind. People will also draw your attention to what you should have been paying attention to all along. You get to enjoy the countryside, you get off the beaten track, and you also get to travel with your tongue, meaning you enjoy the local flavors in terms of local dishes, desserts, candies, and whatnot.
You deserve a big favor, and if you want your next trip to France to become more memorable, book a provincial country tour. You’ll thank yourself for it later on.