Khiri Travel Insider Tip — Slow Down and Find Balance
Traveling should be a relaxing experience. Jason Rolan, Sales Manager at Khiri Travel Laos, has some excellent words of caution for those travelers who may want to book an overly ambitious itinerary. Yes, there are so many fabulous things to see in Southeast Asia, but Jason advises about the proper balance between scheduled activities and leaving time for impromptu planning or just plain wandering.
I spend many hours a day selecting the right tours to create the perfect itinerary for Khiri guests. One big problem that pops up regularly is the problem of time. Your travelers typically only get a few weeks per year to have a vacation, and over ambitiously often bite off more than they can chew by packing their itineraries so tightly with items from their “bucket list.”
Part of the magic of tourism is personal exploration of a place. Clients often don’t realize this before they come to visit, and often end up with overwhelmingly full itineraries. Travelers arrive in our region with the notion that travelling is relaxing, but when activities are prescribed from sunrise to sunset each day, fatigue sets in. If one allows us to plan the right highlights, but then takes some time for more leisurely exploration, the feeling of discovery will be satisfying and meaningful.
In this day and age, everyone takes photos on holiday. How many people can actually remember each of the numerous legends heard and sites visited? Flipping back through photos a few weeks after a journey, the shots that stand out most are the ones that carry the most meaning. The same goes for planning itineraries – which sites give the real essence and will be the most memorable for a traveler? Is it temple 8 on day 4 of a packed itinerary? Or will it be the one that a visitor happened to wander into on their own, struck up a conversation with a local, and began to understand a different worldview? Tourism at its very best is a balance of pre-planning and impromptu wandering.
A well thought-out itinerary is important. Anyone can sell a tour. It’s the memories that are priceless.
Sales Manager, Khiri Travel Laos