Geeky Travel MomentsPosted on December 22, 2013
The word geek is a slang term in American English that was originally used to describe eccentric people. While there are different connotations for it, ranging from nice to negative (the latter being someone who is socially awkward and overly smart), the one that best describes many people is “a person that is extremely interested in a hobby.” By this I mean people who are supreme enthusiasts, i.e. they like video games, they enjoy watching reruns of Mash, etc.
Personally, I am a geek when it comes to travel (although I’m sure you knew this by now) but more so when I am not even traveling. When I receive new issues of the two travel magazines I subscribe to (National Geographic Traveler and Arthur Frommers’ Budget Travel although the latter does not seem like it’s going to be published much longer), it is a highlight of my day. I love seeing which new destinations are being featured, which ones I’ve been to, and which ones I dream about visiting. I was majorly excited when the November 2013 issue of National Geographic Traveler featured a story on colonial cities in Mexico that played major roles in the country’s quest for independence from Spain during the 19th century. Imagine my supreme pleasure when I read the opening words of the piece:
“Marimba music lilts outside in this colonial city of Querétaro.”
Querétaro was the first ever international city that I visited more than 12 years ago. I’d love to go back one day and see how much I remember and how I would see it as an adult versus through the eyes of an inexperienced 16 year old traveler.
My other geeky travel moments are whenever I visit the library or bookstore, specifically their travel sections. When I see the multitude of titles, many of destinations that for now I can only dream about visiting, it’s the equivalent feeling of a child in a candy store. I want them all yet know it’s a one at a time kind of deal. When I buy travel guidebooks I try to purchase ones of destinations that I know I will be visiting (but no that hasn’t stopped me in the past from getting guidebooks on Belize, Chile, and Peru, all destinations I’d love to go to one day). However, travel guides from the library are another matter. Since they are free to borrow I regularly take out books on places that I know will at least be a decade before I visit there, if not more. The Eyewitness guides are my favorites since they include some of the most stunning photographs and images you will ever see and nothing fulfills travel fantasies better than those. Vietnam, Turkey, Croatia, Bali-I’ve borrowed them all.
Thankfully, travel is one of those things a person can dream about all the time and never tire of doing so. And new issues of magazines and trips to the travel section of a library or bookstore are sometimes the best ways to keep fueling that dreaming.