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Traveling Styles

Picking a travel partner or partners can be a tough task regardless if it is a round the world journey or a trip to a nearby town.  However, it’s a very important one.  If the chemistry is not right, the entire trip can either be spoiled or it may not get off the ground.   I don’t consider myself a world traveler yet, but I have traveled a bit in my time around the U.S. and now in Korea.  And the one thing I can be certain of, is there are some times when you just need to go it alone and do your own thing.

I enjoy traveling with others and sharing the excitement of seeing sites, but at the same time it’s nice to go follow your own path.  I know what my interests are, and they don’t always correspond to what others might want to do.  Not to say that is a problem, but you have to know your limits and your fellow travelers limits as well.

If I want to really soak up a certain site (with me that is normally baseball stadiums and war sites/museums), I will travel alone.  That way I can see it the way I want to see it.  I plan on doing just that this weekend on my upcoming trip to Seoul.  Other sites, such as temples in Korea, I enjoy sharing the experience with others.  It gives you a sound board to bounce your ideas and thoughts off of.  Someone might notice something you didn’t and point it out to you, which is always nice.  But unless you have the same interests, it might be difficult when traveling with others.

From my experience, day trips seem to work well with small groups.  On the other hand, if it is an overnight trip it might be best to do it alone unless it is spelled out in advance what will take place.  If everyone isn’t on the same page, then the trip can bog down with indecision or fighting over what to see.  If you are the adventurous type and want to go off the beaten path, it is imperative that you travel with like-minded people.  Otherwise the differences will come out and people might not enjoy the trip.

It might take some time to find those around you who you travel well with, but once you do it will make your trips all that more memorable.  And don’t be afraid to do things on your own.  You might be surprised how well your mind opens up to what is around you when you take the time to sit and see what is going on around you.  Sometimes this gets lost in the conversations you have with your fellow travelers.

So sit back and enjoy the ride as best you can.  After all, life is a journey not a destination.


About Eric Bynum
I taught ESL for three years in South Korea and now I am looking to set out on a new journey after just finishing my teaching certification in the US. I hope to continue teaching and traveling and you can follow his journeys here.

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