Faces of travel

Faces of travel

I went to Mendoza on the weekend. Just put on my tennis shoes on and walked around the city for a whole day. I didn’t take my hair dryer, an extra change of shoes, a map, nor did I have a plan… it was so a-typical for me (although I did receive some great advice from a wonderful friend). But yet I had one of the best weekends ever, just going with the flow, so to speak. A conversation on the street turning into lunch. A mid-night bus ride turning into breakfast. It was spontaneous, relaxed and made an impression on me about what travelling is all about.

Although Mendoza and the sights out the bus window were fantastic, that wasn’t the memorable thing about the trip. It was the people. Travellers. Kind hearts who I’d happily share another bus ride, barbecue or early morning meal with. People who have vastly different life experiences, come from other counties, speak different languages, and yet feel so familiar. There’s something about low budget travel that ties like-minded people together. I never really considered travelling on the cheap before, but now I realise that that may be where the real adventure is. If I can get over my motion sickness I think travelling around South America by bus could actually be more fun than flying to a destination.

The faces of my weekend adventure.

 

2 Comments

  1. Apurva Mehta · Subscribed · Bootstrapper at RecordBox
    Nice pictures and nice thoughts. Nothing beats low-budget travel. I used to hitch-hike and couchsurf at one point in the not too distant past. So I know what you mean 🙂

    Isn’t Mendoza a famous wine growing region? Did you do any tasting?
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · November 28, 2011 at 11:51pm

    Amanda Jasmine Williamson · Director at Amanda Jasmine Photography
    Thanks so much for the comment Apurva!! You knew the secret before I did! hehe! Couch-surfing, that’s a great idea too! I must try that! Are you hosting people now?
    I didn’t go on an official wine tour, I have to save something for next time ;).
    Do you have any more trips planned, i.e to Chile, hehe.
    Reply · Like · December 1, 2011 at 5:57pm

    Apurva Mehta · Subscribed · Bootstrapper at RecordBox
    Amanda Jasmine Williamson I am not hosting anybody through couch surfing these days.
    Since I work out my apartment, I prefer to keep it uncluttered and free of distractions!

    I see that you are ‘Community manager at Welcu’ . Is that the lower-paid gig you were contemplating last month? If so, congrats for taking it!
    Reply · Like · December 1, 2011 at 6:51pm

    Amanda Jasmine Williamson · Director at Amanda Jasmine Photography
    Apurva Mehta Yeah – I’ve just been trying it out and working another job at the same time. I have a month to see if I like it.
    Good plan making your apartment distraction free! I’m sure that’s easily said than done! 🙂
    Reply · Like · December 1, 2011 at 7:08pm

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  2. nice picture… nice post..

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