Throughout my time in England I enjoyed living on campus and my studies very much, and although I spent much of my time engaged in classwork, I found several opportunities to explore cities outside Canterbury and within an easy train ride from London.
As I was brainstorming for this blog, I – more times than I’ll admit – found myself totally stuck. I felt like I had to write about the greatest, most underrated “alternative” location that readers could go to and have a life changing experience. I put all sorts of pressure on myself to pick the right place. I scrolled through my photos, trying to justify place after place as the best alternative spot, but none of them seemed quite right. I define an alternative travel destination as one without tickets, lines, and crowds – a setting that allows you to soak in your surroundings. In short: a place that takes you on an adventure, while making you feel right at home.
We’re taught to use the buddy system the moment we start Kindergarten. Take a buddy to the bathroom. Take a buddy to the office. Here’s your field trip buddy. That’s your recess buddy. We have lab partners. We have PE dance class partners. We find a best friend. We find groups of friends. We go to dances and parties in pairs. We’re assigned a walking partner for high school graduation ceremonies. We’re assigned a college roommate. The list goes on.
Now – don’t get me wrong – I don’t disagree with the buddy system. I’m sure I’ll enforce it with my own kids someday. But I do think there are times in life that you should walk alone.