We like to think we keep our travel expectations moderately realistic. We fall somewhere between those who hope for nothing more than a relaxing get away and those leaving nothing to chance with a too-long checklist of sites and restaurants to visit.
Generally, we’d define our expectations while traveling to be based on experiences that spark our curiosity to learn about new things. We always trust this to happen. It’s not something that can be planned ahead of time.
If you’re curious how this works, a wonderful example came about in Ravenna, Italy. We kept seeing references to the Goths (Visigoths and Ostrogoths) at many of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites we visited. That started us off on a path of learning more about the “barbarians” that fascinated us and added memorably to our visit.
On another trip we planned a few stops at ancient ruins in Turkey and we became hooked. How could we see more?
Soon after, we made plans to go back to visit more ruins not so well known and off-the-beaten-track.
We never would have expected that our trips to Turkey would result in visits to over a dozen archaeological sites.
After 6+ years of travel to places far and wide – where we were rewarded with great and wonderful new sights – we found ourselves on a road trip to Ohio. This trip would not be at all like our previous travel. First, Ohio is oh-too-familiar as that is where we were both born and raised.
We hadn’t been back to Akron, Beth’s hometown, in over 30 years. What a surprise that most everything looked better than we remembered.
We ricocheted through Ohio with stays in Oxford, Yellow Springs and Columbus.
We discovered that the trip to Ohio was a different trip entirely. We had to drastically adjust our travel expectations. This wasn’t a trip where our curiosity sparked new interests. Instead, this was a trip of total and pure nostalgia… visiting family and friends…remembering the long ago times…and catching up on what’s happening now.
After so many years thrilling to such places as the ancient ruins in Turkey and learning about the Visigoths in Ravenna, maybe it was time for a nostalgic trip back home.