Those of you who regularly read The Beautiful Detour will no doubt have noticed that it hasn’t changed much (uh…at all!) in the past several weeks. It’s a little embarrassing. Please accept my apology.
While I can update my Instagram account fairly consistently – it’s simple to snap a photo on my phone and upload it when I’m passing through a free wifi zone – finding adequate time and a place to set up for blogging has been more of a challenge than I anticipated.
After traveling through Spain (which you’ll find documented on this blog), I visited six cities in France, criss-crossing around the country on busses and in the cramped back seats of very small cars, staying in hostels and homes for two or three nights before moving on to my next destination. Wifi was not always readily available, and when I could find it, I had a little internal tug-of-war over whether to stay in and craft a blog post or to explore the city where I would only stay for a day or two.
As you’ve already realized, I chose to spend my days getting to know the various cities I was visiting or securing my next day’s travel logistics rather than updating The Beautiful Detour, feeling guilty all the while for putting this project and my readers on hold.
From France, I flew to Dublin, where I met my Mom, brother and sister for an amazing two-week tour of Ireland and England. During those rare weeks, spending time with family was, of course, my main priority. I did not feel guilty about that.
A positive element of this struggle with short stays was that I now have a better understanding of my preferred travel style, and I would rather stay about five nights in one place instead of three. Depending on the location, of course, that timeframe allows me the hours necessary to explore, to plan, to think and to update this blog. Because I have a long list of places to visit but limitations on my time and finances, five nights won’t aways be possible. But I will plan to balance my shorter stays with longer ones.
By the way, determining one’s individual travel style, which includes the length of time spent in each location, is important for every traveler who wants to truly enjoy the journey. One of the wonderful characteristics of traveling is that there are innumerable ways to do it, and no single “right way” that all should follow. Travel is personal. And it can be rather liberating to learn the style and mode that suits you best, especially if you’re traveling solo. If your adventures involve a companion, sharing a similar travel style will make life easier for you both!
For now, I’m in a tiny, “passing-thru” town on the coast of West Wales, and I’ve booked a hostel for six nights. I have time to have time to unpack for a few days, update this blog, sit beside the ocean…and breathe. While wifi is not available at my hostel, I’ll be setting up shop at the local pub a few times to hop online and post updates.
Stay tuned for photos and updates from my visit to France and my two-week tour of Ireland and England with some dear members of my family.
Thanks for hanging in there with me and for continuing to follow along with my journey!