When it comes to travel, there are some Common Stereotypes out there and I’m sure every part of the world has ‘em.
Here in Australia there’s a few that spring to mind: Aussie Backpacker Does Europe, Aussies Go To Kuta To Surf/Get Drunk, Aussies Go To Queenstown To Ski and Aussie Yogi Goes to India.
I kind of detest that my upcoming adventure falls into that last one, even though for me it’s just not like that.
Yet it seems that everyone’s got some pearl of wisdom or oft-repeated blindingly obvious-ism they’re compelled to share when I explain my destination.
Well, I guess it’s the trip every yogi takes at one point in their life… (uhhhh except for those who DON’T want to go there)
Don’t eat the salads or drink the water (no really, I’ve never travelled overseas before – NOT – nor am I capable of Googling or reading travel books, so thanks)
You’ll have a fabulous time! (I will? Okay, I probably will!)
Watch out for the men, they stare at western women. (Thanks, I’ve experienced that in London already.)
Even the kind, very well-meaning ones: You’re a brave woman. (Hey y’all – bad things happen everywhere, even in one’s own home)
Stop jinxing up my trip with your projections about what I *might* experience, and inadvertently putting thoughts into my head that I don’t want or need. (White elephant. Try not to think about a white elephant!)
Yes, I’m off on an epic adventure.
Sure, the Unknown is as exciting as it is scary.
Yes, travel can be a major catalyst for change.
No I don’t know what it’s going to be like. I can’t even imagine it really, despite reading many books, and listening to the tales of all my friends who’ve already been.
Instead, send me off like this…
- Offer ideas of awesome places to visit if you’ve been where I’m going
- Recall how you felt while you were travelling somewhere you loved and generate that happy travel gleam in your eyes
- From the center of your being, draw up enjoyment and wonder about the magical things you saw and did…
- Think of me while I’m gone and instead of worrying about bad things happening, think about how safe and protected I will be.
- Take all these things into your heart, and beam ‘em out to me with a gigantic smile as you offer me a jolly Bon Vogage.
In return? I promise to have my very own adventures, and I’ll try not to bore y’all with my blogging.
Signing off before boarding the giant mechanical bird…