dance like no one's watching

dancing to the music (c) 2019 by David Ourisman, all rights reserved

I share the following from the September/October issue of Afar, my favorite travel magazine.
Q: Why do you think Americans tend to overpack their travel itineraries? 
A: Part of it is that we think we're going to miss something. What we forget is that serendipity is what we're really missing — it's the things that aren't on our itinerary that are important.
D'accord — this is so true. I always enjoy wandering a city without any particular plan, just following where my eyes lead me, being spontaneous, taking that detour down a cute, narrow alley where I discover unexpected slices of local life.
  • an old couple sitting in a café watching the pedestrians walk by
  • a brick wall illuminated with a beam of golden sunlight
  • the yeasty aroma of freshly baked bread as you pass a boulangerie
  • street musicians playing music on a pedestrian bridge in Paris
  • an exuberant old woman dancing to their music

Moral of the story: don't plan every hour of every day when you travel. Leave some unscheduled time just to explore. Those unplanned serendipities will often become the fondest memories of your entire trip.

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