We’re off to Cambodia thanks to cheap airfares that were too good to resist. In the spirit of travelling light, a day backpack is all that I’ll have with me. There’s space for a camera, a notebook, a drawing pad, pencils, and Julia Cameron’s The Artists Way. I’m testing out some new quick dry clothes. Toiletries, sunscreen and the like comply with airport security requirements. Tossing in a hat, my passport, and walking shoes. That’s enough. Let’s go!
“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life – and travel- leaves marks on you. [...] It’s an irritating reality that many places and events defy description. Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu, for instance, seem to demand silence, like a love affair you can never talk about.” Anthony Bourdain. The Nasty Bits
It’s slices of time, snapshots at best. It’s personal. The breath taking moments, the ones that evoke silence, burn in your memory and fuel the desire to head off again. I’m packing for a visit to Cambodia (and Angkor Wat) and reflecting on how my travel habits have changed over time.
Stay longer. Instead of wanting to see as much as possible, I now explore slowly.
Read later. In the past, I would research ‘everything’ about a place before I left. Now, I want to be surprised by what I find. Any reading can wait until I return home.
Stay in choice. We used to book all or most accommodation before departure thus fixing our path. Now, only the first and last nights are locked in. If the place doesn’t work for us, we can move somewhere that does.
Less is more. This trip my pack weighs 6 kilograms. Carry on bag only. You can manage when bags go astray, but time is wasted when you have to retrieve them.
Write at the end of each day. Some things never change.