These days traveling like a tourist is out, and living like a local is in. Everyone wants to circumnavigate the sightseers and avoid the hordes that crowd the world's most well-known spots. But the truth is, we all want to see the same spots for a reason... because most are pretty incredible.
I am not perfect, but if I fail, I want to have a chance to do better. I want a chance to think things over, to regret, to repent and to hopefully become a better person, a better traveler, and a better writer in the process.
Ever suffer from the travel itch? You know, that feeling you get when you haven't traveled or explored somewhere new in awhile? Symptoms include anxiety, irritation and maybe even a little anger (sorry innocent folks who've had to deal with this).
Here we were -- a couple in our mid-50s -- who wanted to do something different. But where would we go? It's a huge world out there. How would we choose? Living in the U.S. northeast, we wanted to choose a part of the world that was a reasonable commute back to visit family and friends.