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When we're ending one trip, I'm already planning the next one. In the planning phase, I try to find those places & experiences that will give us a sense of place and also provide an opportunity for us to meet and engage with locals. We aim for "peaceful exploration", going at an active but comfortable pace. We look for quality of experience not how many places we can see in one day. If we're going to cities, we'll try to balance that time in the countryside or a national park. We travel with open minds and hearts, a sense of humor and flexibility so that each day becomes another happening.
I love the planning, yes, but I also love the actual trip and then going through my photos and writing anecdotal descriptions of our experiences. It's all part of the discoveries, insights and new awareness that makes travel so much of a passion for me.
My photos can be viewed at: www.margieswebgallery.com
My travel blog links to travelpod are also on www.margieswebgallery.com