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The Happy Wanderer: My Travel Style #DailyPost

Daily Prompt: The Happy Wanderer

by Krista on March 19, 2014

What’s your travel style? Are you itinerary and schedule driven, needing to have every step mapped out in advance or are you content to arrive without a plan and let happenstance be your guide?

My Travel Style: By Anne Helmers

After a year on the road with my family it has definitely evolved. We had been the type to go for the organized, pre-planned, “ducks all in a row” type travel itinerary but that changes on the road. Being schedule free allows you to enjoy the road and the adventures that come from not scheduling. Deciding where to spend the night based on how far you want to go or how much you like a place is part of the joy of long term travel. It opens you up to meet new people, try new things and explore new places. Learning to adapt to weather because it is part of life and not make it a reason to stay inside is also part of this process.

We are back home now. We are back to a much more scheduled American lifestyle but I’d say we have a managed to keep a nice blend of the required pre-planning that the one week vacation during spring break requires and the relaxed “come what may” style we learned from our round the world adventure.

Travel Journey of the Week: Venice

We spent just a few days in Venice during our six weeks in Italy. I’ll agree that I was quickly in love with the city.  It is the little things that stand out about each city after you spend a year on the road. Ask my kids about Venice and one of their fondest memories was searching and taking pictures of pissottas.

Did you notice the slanted concrete slabs in the darkened corners of the walkways? They are called “pissottas” and they are an ancient Venetian  solution to people peeing in corners.  My kids called them pee bumps or pee corners.  They are everywhere.  Some are new. Some are old. Generally they slant downward so the would-be offender urinates onto himself and therefore is discouraged from attempting the act again. It may not be the doors of Charleston, SC or the doorknockers of Antigua, Guatemala but the pee bumps of Venice are unique and make for quite a photo.

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