Thursday, May 2, 2019

Exercising Your Mind When Traveling

I recently traveled to Sinai.  This was my third time in Sinai and it was a pretty good trip.  Except for the fact that it was also kind of boring.

Yes.  I said it.  It was boring.  I told my students that and they gave me the strangest look.  They could not believe it.  And most of the people who I speak to would not believe it either.  The Sinai Peninsula, where some of the most beautiful dive spots in the world are, where the sea meets the wilderness that Moses walked through, where sky meets sea, was boring to me.

Now, I didn't say it was a boring place.  It's a beautiful place.  But the truth is, I did get bored there.  And I thought a lot about it, because it was strange to me.  Why was I bored?

There are a few reasons.

First, I was bored because I missed being busy.  I wanted to get back to teaching and wrap my time up here.  Part of me is looking forward to the next part of life, and this trip seemed to just drag that out.  I feel that it has become hard to not be busy, to be working, to be doing something (this is probably not a good thing).

Second, I didn't have much to do to keep my mind busy.  The water is beautiful, the beaches are wonderful, but the water was cold and I did not feel like going in.  At the same time, it was getting hot out and uncomfortable to walk a lot.

I had been to Dahab three times previous and had walked that city back and forth more times than I can count.  It's a lovely city, but I wasn't there to shop.  I need to declutter and get rid of things soon.

Sharm El Sheikh was nice, but I would prefer to explore rather than sit at an all-inclusive all day.

Neweiba was pretty, but again, I felt that there wasn't much to go out and do day to day.

So, what could have I done?

Bring a "travel bag" with things to do.  My Kindle.  A physical book.  A notebook and a pen.  Ways to exercise the brain.  I felt that my mind was turning to sludge at times.

The same with my body.  I wanted to just go walk and explore.

What I did enjoy:

•Walking to the lagoon in Dahab for sunset.  It was beautiful.
•The Korean food in Nuweiba
•Playing with my daughter on the beach
•Time with my family
•Looking at the stars
•I loved the sunsets and "golden hour."
•Looking at the sea
•Peace and Quiet
•A break from teaching

Overall, it was a very good trip and I'm very thankful we went.  But, I think that I learned that I need to bring something with me to sometimes exercise my mind a bit more.

Knowing your travel style is important.  I have not given it much thought before.

My travel style is not all-inclusives.

It's more a city with museums, temples, marketplaces, and things to engage the mind.
It's a place where I can go out and explore, and get lost.
It's where I can go deep into nature.

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