Maybe it’s different if you are on a two-week vacation. You likely want every minute of your two weeks perfect. I suspect this is why I see frustrated tourists on occasion. Visitors with high expectations dashed.
I’m more and more aware that a life of full-time travel will eventually bring you to a place where you approach each new destination with low expectations, and where you are usually rewarded with happier results.
Life is easier if you don’t put the pressure of high expectations on every moment. I used to live a life of high expectations. No more. Now we know traveling with low expectations brings happier rewards.
I was thinking about this today, during my morning yoga practice on the beach in the beautiful Maldives. I was thinking about this because there is a couple here at the resort we are at, who clearly came here with high expectations. Too high. They are leaving and going somewhere else.
Unfortunately I expect they won’t find what they are looking for at the next place either.
The resort we are at is simple. Nothing fancy. But it is inexpensive, comfortable, relaxed and the service is great. We did our research before coming here – and our expectations matched exactly the reality (such as, in this Muslim country, no alcohol and only one beach where western swimwear is allowed). Too bad the couple I referred to didn’t do their research – or perhaps they just live a high expectation, high maintenance life, waiting for others to make them happy.
Traveling with low expectations is a blessing really. We do a lot of research before we go somewhere, both on the destination and on the lodgings we choose. We approach each new place with a giddy sense of wonder and fear…but never with high expectations. This has given us the most joy in our travels, little disappointment and frequent euphoria.
Accepting each country and each destination’s quirks and faults, bonuses and perks makes for great memories and experiences. Not dragging any preconceived notions, American needs or desires or high expectations into the adventure is how we have fun. Learning along the way that the grand adventure is what we make it – how we take it – low expectations and happy rewards.
A fabulous life indeed.