The art of planning in advance

The art of planning in advance is not really my cup of tea. I love to plan travel, to find out what to do, where to go and so. My problem is booking!

I always envy the ability of Brits to book holidays in advance. They can easily do this obscure practise even 1 year before! Even more sometimes. If you can book a flight so early, you should thanks Brits.

I’ve never been able to book anything in advance, even when it was totally clear where and when to go ages before. For example Christmas time in Sicily. Every time I book a Milan-Palermo flight, for the same amount I should easily go to New York. No joke, and it’s also a bloody ryanair flight, not even an Emirates!

I think my mind cannot recognize that habit. It’s a natural defense against the struggling of something so far away. I cannot stay calm and relaxed thinking about I already know I have to go somewhere, but not now!

But my friends love to plan. To always know exactly when and where. And they probably have a busy life, so they can keep on doing things without longing so much.

But not me. I’m in here now

thinking about leaving for this

planning in advance secret beach

on a rainy day like this

unkknown milan

4 months…I just can’t do it!

I hate to plan in advance so badly!!!

Que viva Mexico / Take me there

Que viva Mexico! is a 1930 russian movie I didn’t ever see, but it’s a title I heard since I was a child. I always think about it every time someone mentions MEXICO!

One of the reason I’d like to visit Mexico maybe linked with my wish to visit all the Americas as soon as I can! Accidentally, it’s the continent I’ve visited most (after Europe).

Maybe Mexico is tempting me because I always wanted to become an archeologist.

Or maybe just because it’s a country full of history and contradictions where modernity and legends are inextricably combined. But let’s see what it can offer properly:

CHIAPAS

How a place where not everything has been discovered yet, could not attract me??? Not all the Maya ruins has been found.  So lots of explorers visit this place every year looking for the next amazing discover! Palenque, one of the most famous Maya site, is in there:

Mexico

(courtesy of: Yoann Jezequel)

Also Chapas is the land of one of my revolutionary hero the Subscomandante Marcos, who fights for the rights of the indigenous of Mexico.

OAXACA

Cliffs rising between 50 and 90 meters from the valley below, white rock formations which look like waterfalls. These formations are created by the deposit of excess of minerals from fresh water, like stalactites process. AWESOME, Cascada de hierve:

Cascada de Hierve el Agua

(courtesy of: Nathan Gibbs)

and while you’re around, what about some surf at Puerto Escondido?

(courtesy of: rpm surfer)

Aside from the biggest cities (very big: Mexico City 19,982,000, Guadalajara 4,365,000, Monterrey 3,986,000) I’ll appreciate to find the beauty in Mexico in those beautiful, colorfull and lively small villages:

Guanajuato: once it was a silver mines area, now is a charming colonial-era city. The historic center (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) has a distinct European taste, thick of callejones that run up and down the hillside.

Janitzio: a little island on the Pátzcuaro Lake with a “cozy” name: “where it rains”. A stunning view can be found on its highest point “Callejones de Janitzio“.

San Francisco de Campeche: a coastal colonial town with its naval history. As many other mexican cities, the city centre recalls the Spanish Baroque architecture. A place that Caribbean Pirates loved to scare in the past.

mexico cities

(courtesy of: Vazquez,  Daniel Telles)

And in the end, maybe a bit of relax at Playa del Carmen wouldn’t be bad at all!

(courtesy of: )

Arranging such a big trip, it’s not only time consuming, but also a bit difficult without the right hints. I think it would be useful to rely on a travel professional, in order to optimize all the needed resources in terms of time and money.

I found FIRST CHOICE platform very informative and easy to use. I think it will be a good travel partner to organize all my movements around the country.

( Maps of the places included in this post)

Take me there!

I love to dream! And for me the best is to dream about travelling: discover the new, visit amazing places, meeting cultures, savouring tastes.

Jay Fleck 2

(credit to: astonishing Jay Fleck illustration)

Take me there is my new column, because a bucket list is not enough. I need to dream bigger and bigger. So let’s play with my dreams and the places I’d like to visit soon.

There’s no place like home: The Traveler’s Dilemma

I didn’t relocate very often during my life. I used to live in the same place for almost 20 years. 10 and 2 in some others. Just couple of months here and there. But cyclically I think to move to some new places, for work reasons or just to change something in my life. Or to change it completely!

It happens that I use to feel homesick when I left my everyday life, for a while. Even if we’re talking about leaving Milan (mixed blessing).

But there are some places where, since I land, I can feel like home. Like never left. For this reason I always face what I call “The Traveler’s Dilemma“: discovering the new VS coming back to places you love! Well, I just discovered, this is an economic theory (like the prisoner’s dilemma) but mine is different :). It’s always a bit difficult for me when I have to arrange a trip, without a proper reason to travel (the main reason for my long trips this year has been WEDDINGS, mostly), to combine my discovering attitude with the sense of peace and comfort that home can give you.

Here is where I can find HOME:

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