Travel planning research

We are getting nearer towards the end of the year and I’m starting to think about where we can go next year. Since we will become 3 some time around 25 January, stressy trips into unsafe areas with lots of long bus rides are not on the menu and money will be a bit restricted due to limited work hours.
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Travel fever

Sometimes it’s easy to stay home and just enjoy the daily routine but in the moment everybody is travelling and I start feeling the fever to see something new. Originally we were planning to go to Mexico and then take busses down Middle America to Panama in November this year. Since the long awaited offspring seems finally to have settled in my womb, we had to cancel that plan. I would be 7 months pregnant and can’t see the fun in travelling shaky long bus rides through some really dangerous regions anymore. Since I’m now also back on part-time without the ambition to get another job for the next year, it’s a financial relief not to do this trip.
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How to travel

I don’t think there is one way to travel. It’s mostly a just-do-it and everybody has a different way. I, myself, have travelled many different ways – with my parents as a child, backpacking alone, city trip with a friend, business trip paid by the company, all inclusive trip, living abroad, organised language trips as a teenager… I have stayed with families, in nice hostels, in shitty places, in airports, overnight busses or trains, business hotels or luxury accommodation.
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Begging is part of probably everybody’s lives but when travelling I’m more aware of it – especially if it’s children. It’s probably also normal to be torn but when travelling poor countries it gets worse. Of course I can give everybody something and of course I’m a lot richer. And sometimes I do give something but mostly not. Maybe I’m a bad, spoilt person who was born a world with chances and opportunities. Maybe it’s not good to give something to people who beg and don’t do anything else than making you feel bad and trying to make money from your bad conscience. Maybe it’s better to give people who offer services a little bit more and support that they work. Maybe some people who beg get a lot more than people who work. Like many things in life that’s all not very clear and we just make choices and set priorities without necessarily being right… or wrong.
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