Why Underplanning Your Vacation Makes Everyone Happy - Page 2
Whether for yourself or with your family, take time to play. Fly kites, poke around and find turtles at the beach, build fairy houses, rent bikes and discover the landscape, scope the seashore for shells, get ice cream from a stand.The Golden Gardens Beach in Seattle is a great place to take in the beauty of Puget Sound, play on the beach, watch the sun set, and picnic on sushi takeout from Uwajimaya (an excellent Asian grocery store).
You might, by wandering, happen along a festival, market, or even a great beach. These moments, the unplanned ones, often are the best. While traveling in Ireland, we rented a home on the Ring of Kerry. The moments we remember best are the unplanned (and inexpensive) ones - the horseback ride through the dunes and on the beach, the discovery of the Skelligs Chocolate Company on the Skellig Ring, playing on a local beach, and from hours upon hours spent combing the rock beach at our house for treasures the tide brought in and talking with locals about their boats, finding shrimp in the bracken, and learning the best place to find a croissant.
These moments - of walking on the beach, playing, getting up early to watch a sunrise, finding a great place to have coffee, discovering a new and delicious boulangerie, having interesting conversations with locals - are the ones you will remember, long after you're home. Travel isn't about seeing the Big Attractions, but about truly learning about a place, and digging deeply into Being There.