For the curious amongst us, a trip to North Korea may be one of the most remarkable destinations to find oneself in. Sure, there is always the thought that the trip would be a make-believe considering everything is choreographed to the last painful detail. That the only thing you would truly buy into is the air you breathe. But even that…
For many a traveller, a South American hit list is topped by the likes of Brazil, Argentina or Colombia. Some may opt for Bolivia; others Chile, or Peru. Few are even aware of a country called Guyana.
As a traveller, what would spring to mind when you hear of a country that shares a border with Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland and Ukraine? One of the most naturally spectacular destinations any one could ever find themselves in, right?
The mention of Albania evokes not-so-rosy images in the minds of many, and its slightly checkered history involving communist dictatorships has a lot to do with it. Never mind its status as one of Europe’s least privileged nations in terms of financial riches.
For some reason that may not be evidently clear, a good deal of people tend to have a prejudice or certain false notion about Poland. Approach it this way and your beliefs will be reinforced (Law of Expectation?).
Eastern Europe. There is no place like it in the world. The centuries of history aside, its natural scenery is just breathtaking; the landscapes intriguing.
To some, Sweden is that beautiful land of Volvos, blondes, Absolut Vodka, and IKEA, never mind a certain legendary ‘70s pop quartet. You know, those worn-out prejudices we’ve grown all too accustomed to.
Mention Azores to some and the picture that comes to mind is this exotic place speckled with white sands and some beach huts a short distance from the palm tree-lined Caribbean-style bathtub seas. To others, they just have no idea where on the global map such a place exists. And understandably so. For so long, the Azores (an autonomous region of Portugal) have remained one of the most mysterious destinations in Europe. And probably their location has a lot to do with it.
Ask anyone you know if they love to travel and the responses you get will lean more towards an overwhelming ‘Yes!’. The thing is though, we are all different types of travellers who approach the same destination in totally different ways.