Many people tell us, “While you’re in Sydney (or Tokyo or Shanghai…) you have to see (fill in the blank…).” No, we don’t. We don’t have the time, money, or energy to visit every great place at the destinations we travel to.
If we were tourists for a week or two, perhaps they’d be right, but we’re not tourists. We’re traveling for two years, living “on the road.”
So, what’s our plan? We pick and choose carefully. Generally we eliminate all expensive touring sights as unaffordable and that helps us narrow things down. We try to limit excursions to every other day. On our off days, we see the wonderful sights in the neighborhood where we’re staying.
On one of our stops in Australia, we stayed in Marrickville, a stone’s throw from Sydney. We strolled many days up Illawara Road, past the old-fashioned Greek and Vietnamese shops. Temptation was ever-present when we walked by the Hellenic Bakery, the Marrickville Pork Roll Shop, or Faros Brothers Seafood store.
If we continued our walk we were right in the heart of Newtown, our favorite place for window-shopping. The stores were truly one-of-a-kind.
Most of the buildings in these neighborhoods are modestly sized and not new, as if time were standing still.
This is in stark contrast to the many new and stunning towers in downtown Sydney.
We varied our routine by taking the walking path along the Cooks River to see how far our walks would take us and how many birds we might see.
We’ve been traveling for 16 months now – and our style of simple travel is one that keeps us fresh, rested, and interested. A good idea – since we have 7 months to go until we finish this trip.