The Internet can provide a great wealth of information to us about destinations around the globe. All you need to do is log onto any travel-oriented website to find reviews, photos, videos, guides and advice all at your fingertips. But is this preconceived knowledge ruining the excitement of travel in the 21st century? We seem to be so caught up in having a good holiday that we forget the best experiences and surprises can happen when we least expect it.
Many people I talk to speak of “the surprising delight factor”. These can best be described as unexpected events which enhance your overall holiday experience. This could be visiting a city while a festival or a movie premiere is in town or seeing a natural event such a volcano erupting or a meteor shower.
These events can really make holidays and leave you feeling like you have got real value from your trip because you saw something special that people generally do not see. I wonder if we did not plan our visits so severely or do so much research beforehand, could we encounter more “surprising delight factors”?