After seeing a few posts regarding travel regrets on some of the wonderful travel blogs I read, I decided to jump on the band wagon and do a post of this nature myself. Hey, we all make mistakes! And I'm no different.
1) Not studying abroad in Australia
Studying abroad had never really occurred to me. I just figured with a major so specific as mine (speech pathology) there wouldn't be any classes I could take. It wasn't until I had heard of some of my friends toying with the idea that I knew this was something I REALLY wanted to as well. And when I first learned studying abroad was a possibility with my major, I instantly knew I wanted this experience to be in Australia. I did all the research. Looked into all the programs. Convinced my parents that this was a good idea. Talked to my then-boyfriend at the time. And everyone was telling me to go. But I didn't, and I still do not know why. Besides completely immersing myself in the culture, I totally missed out on:
snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef:
and playing with a kangaroo:
I had my heart totally set on this, and is definitely my biggest regret to date.
2) Not extending my ticket in Israel
During the Summer of 2011, I was lucky to have been chosen to participate in Birthright, an organization that sends people between the ages of 18-27 to Israel for FREE. Another added benefit of this trip is that participants are given the opportunity to extend their plane ticket home to a later date. MEANING = a free flight home from Israel at any time. I had the best time ever on this trip (which I am very eager to share on this blog soon). But I would have loved to explore other areas of Israel, particularly the south (including Eilat) which we didn't have time to explore. I could have even traveled to Turkey, Jordan, or Egypt. But I didn't. Because of that, I am currently starting to plan a trip to Turkey. I want to ride in a hot air balloon in Cappadocia (I mean look at that insane landscape!) and see the dramatic limestone terraces in Pamukkale.
3) Not bringing along an underwater camera
I've been snorkeling in so many beautiful places and have seen so many gorgeous, colorful fish. Have I ever documented this experience? No! A big fat NO! After recently snorkeling (AND SCUBA DIVING) in the Greek Islands, I am still kicking myself for not having an underwater camera to capture these moments.
Now I know I need to purchase one before we head on off to Hawaii. We are planning on going snorkeling in Molokini Crater and other places in Maui and Kauai.
What are some of your travel regrets? C'mon- we all have at least one!