Ever since I announced “The Adventure”, I wanted to find out what other full time travelers (FTT) were doing.
I started reading their blog postings and have come to the following conclusions:
1) Most are in their early to mid twenties.
2) They seem to utilize heavy duty backpacks and take clothes and gear more appropriate for a jungle or mountain than an evening out in a major city.
3) They either stay in cheap hostels, couchsurf or sleep on the beach.
4) They have deemed Thailand to be their mecca and everyone goes on and one about hiking the jungles of that southeast Asian country.
5) They all claim to make their living as a travel writer which to them means writing on their blog.
6) They try to spend less than $50/day on everything.
None of the above really describes me. Let me tell you about some of my plans for FTT.
First and foremost you must know this about me:
I mean I really hate bugs. And lizards, and frogs, and snakes, just to name a few. I would fill half my bag with bug spray if I could get away with it.
Reading about one woman’s adventure fighting off poisonous spiders while staying in a rented beach hut in Ecuador made me cross Ecuador off my list.
Trek in a jungle? Hike through the rainforest? Get real.
I’m an urbanite. I like concrete. I like cities.
Don’t get me wrong. I love visiting national parks and seeing gorgeous scenery. But at the end of the day, let there be a nice lodge or inn where a good meal and a nice glass of wine awaits.
Most of my travels will be to cities and towns. I might take in the local scenery but you won’t get colorful stories from me about sleeping under the stars because all the hostels are full.
I will travel with a convertible bag. When convenient, I will use the backpack straps. When I want a more “adult” image, I’ll tuck them away.
My clothes will be comfortable yet appropriate for most cities–no need for logo t-shirts, zippered off shorts or hiking boots.
I will stay in hotels, inns and motels with private facilities. If I wind up sharing with someone it’s for other reasons than saving money. (This is a family oriented blog so we’ll leave it at that. 🙂 )
It’s true I may miss out on some things. But at the end of the day, it’s my trip and I should go where I want to go and not where others think I should go.
By the way, since every other FTT is going there, I’m bypassing Thailand.