Thursday, March 24, 2011

Travel that Slows Us Down

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Last night as I was trying to regale my boyfriend with the wonders of walking the 780-km Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route across France and Spain he said he’d rather take the Eurail because it will enable him to see more places in lesser time. But isn’t it that the most rewarding travels are those that remove us from our technology-dependent, time-crunched, productivity-obsessed lives? That’s why I prefer travel that slows me down, places that allow me to collect my thoughts and alter the way I see life. With that in mind, I’ve made a list of the top places that I want not just to see but to experience. Here they are:
  1. Angkor, Cambodia
  2. Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
  3. Bali, Indonesia
  4. Camino de Santiago, France and Spain
  5. Hierapolis-Pamukkale, Turkey
  6. Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru
  7. Kyoto, Japan
  8. Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
  9. Taishan, China
  10. Takstang, Bhutan

I felt the sweep of the centuries roll over me as I gazed at the ruins of Angkor in 2009, and for several months now I have been mentally and physically preparing myself to climb the highest reaches of the Andes to the ruins of Machu Picchu. So that leaves eight more travel experiences to dream of.


eks said...

did you just say 780 km? i had to refresh my browser and check wikipedia (and jump 10 times) just to make sure you didn't make a typo error. but then again, it's a pilgrimage route. stupid me. hehehe.


(walang masabi.)

Angeli said...

oo, 780 km yung buong ruta. and it takes a month of walking to finish it. ansaya nga. hahahaha

Anonymous said...

780 kilometers - i can do that! the inca trail will be a test run. :)

Kayni said...

these trips are certainly not for me. i'll definitely need blood transfusion in-between

Loree said...

You are an adventurous traveller Angeli. I like slow paced travel too.

Angeli said...

@Anonymous: honey, do you think we can hire a porter for a month? hahahhahaha..

@Kayni: i think i am being overly ambitious, too. :)

@Loree: i like going to places that fascinate me. and those fascinating places are the ones that offer adventure. slow paced travel is the best. you get to really get a feel of the place, its culture and its people. :)

Anonymous said...

slow and fast travel are both rewarding in different ways. depende na siguro sa place! goodluck sa checklist mo, add more!!!

Angeli said...

this is more like a wish list, Vitchie. hahaha

Amelia said...

wow so nice :) I'll be going to Angkor Wat this Sunday with hubby Angeli since we cancel the Tokyo trip...

Angeli said...

wow, i'm so happy for you. have fun, Aims! i'm sure you will be awed by the magnificence of the Angkor ruins.

and watch an apsara traditional song/dance performance if you can. they're amazing, too. :D

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