Where to go next? It is my constant Dilemma
I am the kind of person that if you find a good thing, don’t change it. I pretty much have the same meal every time I go to places like McDonalds or KFC.
The same can be said for my travels.
I seem to go back to the same places – with a few variations thrown in for good measure.
Obviously I go back to Christchurch a lot – it is my hometown and my mum still lives there (oh and a couple of my brothers). It’s hard to think of how I will treat Christchurch after mum goes, which is obviously something I really don’t want to think about. Will I go back as much as I do now – up to 3 times a year. Or will I finally decide that I need to spread my wings and give the North Island a go.
When I first moved to Australia, pretty much every trip I had was back home to Christchurch. After my 2006 trip to Vietnam for a family wedding, it was another 4 years before I went further afield. My sister and I went to England – I think it was a pilgrimage of sorts. Our father had died two years previously and one of the places we went to was where his family had come from.
That trip, more than any other, changed my life.
I had discovered my new favourite place in London and now when I think about going on holiday/vacation or whatever you want to call it, London is the first place I think of. Since then, I have been back to London twice and added more of the UK (and parts of Europe) to the itinerary each time.
The upside is that I am seeing more of the world than just our wee corner of it.
The downside is that it is WAY more expensive to travel to England.
Every time I think about planning some kind of travel I think to myself that maybe I should go somewhere other than London this time. I even go so far as to plan an actual trip to somewhere different but when the push comes to shove – London wins out.
That’s not to say that I don’t want to go other places:
- Cross Canada train journey
- See more of Australia
- Go back to the North Island in New Zealand
- Go down the eastern seaboard of the USA
- See the castles of Germany
So my constant dilemma is where to go next? Do I stay with what I know and keep going back to England and using that as a starting point for my travels or do I keep it closer to home and see more of Australia & New Zealand – I mean how am I meant to sell my own country if I haven’t seen it all!
There are so many places in the world that I could go so is it wrong of me to keep wanting to stay with the familiar? Or should I be pushing myself out of my comfort zone and going to places that will challenge me?
I guess of all the dilemma’s I could have, this one isn’t so bad really.
Featured Photo: Nyhavn, Copenhagen