Anyone who has done any travelling, either domestically or internationally, knows that we do sometimes have to make choices when time or money is limited. Sometimes we even make choices based on misinformation, misconceptions or on a lack of adventurous spirit.
I’ve done a bit of travelling in my life and while I certainly hope to do plenty more before decrepitude sets in, I know there are opportunities that I passed up which won’t ever present themselves again.
On one occasion in Casablanca, Morocco I turned down an invitation to stay with a Berber family in the Atlas mountains because I was worried about the fact that they seemed to live on mutton when I was a vegetarian. In 1989 I was in Slovenia which was at that time a part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Rising ethnic nationalism at the time meant things were feeling kind of edgy and I chickened out and headed north into Austria instead of south like I’d planned. I have always regretted that I never got a decent look at socialist Yugoslavia. Only a few weeks ago, I turned down a weekend away because a woman I don’t particularly like was going to be there – turns out I missed an absolute rage of a weekend. Dumb decisions!
There are more examples I could talk about where I made travel decisions I later regretted but I am more interested in hearing about yours -
Where have you not gone that you now regret and why did you make the decision not to go at the time?
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