A couple of days ago I gave myself permission to be curious. I’m now going to extend that curiosity to the physical, by giving myself permission to explore the word and open myself to new experiences.
One of my passions is travel. I am grateful to my parents for instilling in me a sense of adventure and for exposing me to other countries during my childhood years. I have tried to do the same for my children and we have a few more family trips left in us. Time is precious and each trip now together as a family takes on another dimension and a sense that this is something special.
When I first had children, I remember receiving a pamphlet from the pharmacist which said something along the lines of:
Your children won’t remember their ironed clothes, but they will remember your shared experiences
The notion has stuck with me ever since. I’ve been busy creating shared experiences for the family (Oh, no not again!!!), but also now at middle age, solo experiences for my own memories. The realty is that my health can only decline from this point and there is a whole lot of living left to be done.
So here are the highlights of my exploration and experience bucket list. I’m getting itchy feet just thinking about these!
A = Egypt, which has long been a fascination
B = Marrakesh, Morocco
C = Istanbul a city spanning two continents. Take me to the Grand Bazaar…
D = The Greek Islands, especially Santorini
E = Tomatina festival in Spain. Get down and salsa!
F = Sunset camel ride in Broome, Western Australia
There’s a whole lot more as well. The world is now truly a playground.
Right now all of my work colleagues are planning overseas trips within the next 12 months. There’s a lot of planning and travel talk, glossy brochures and yearning on my part and I’m living my vicarious travel dreams through them.
In the meantime I content myself with road trips within a two to three hour vicinity and create my own local experiences. After all everything can be an experience, depending on what you make of it.
It’s time to get busy making memories!
Do you yearn for farawy places and experiences? What places are on your exploration bucket list?