Wander the seven hills of Plovdiv in southern Bulgaria and literally smell the roses. It’s one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in Europe. From the Thracians to today Plovdiv continues to delight and inspire!
Not everyone can travel to far-flung locations. Whether it’s because of a lack of money, vacation time, or something else. Blindness about your local area sets in when you live somewhere. But remember, your next door is someone else’s world-away door.
Travelling as an introvert has unique challenges. You have to figure out how to recharge alone. First off, being an introvert doesn’t mean you’re not a social person. Me for example, I like people just fine. I just need a bit of quiet time to recharge – especially after being in crowds all day. Here are my tips that work for me.
Go back to the Edwardian period in Hot Springs, Arkansas. I lament that bathing is not as fashionable as it used to be in both the US and UK. We go to any hot springs we can, but there’s not as many open today. Arkansas is often looked over but give it a second glance. It’s natural beauty and history might win you over. Take a nostalgic day trip or weekend away in a place that is all deteriorated decadence. See the echoes of the Edwardians, the gangsters, and a wilder time.
Oh, Colmar, France. Slow down for a few days in the region and discover a beautiful mixture of French and German culture. The capital of Alsatian wine is a great place to unwind for a bit with its storybook streets and vibrant timber houses. Whether you’re into history, art, food, or biking, Colmar has it all.
Ah, Sestri Levante – two beautiful bays, nearby beaches, and stunning hikes. And it’s the perfect location to explore the rest of Liguria. If you’re looking for an intro to the Italian Riviera this is definitely the spot to check out. And it isn’t quite as crowded as Cinque Terre, A place so beautiful legends say sirens settled down here.