Why do I assume that everyone will find the same things beautiful or meaningful?
Before every new stop on this journey, I find myself "googling" the "top things to do" or "top things to see" or "best sites" of that area.
I have begun to realize the insanity of this process.
Why do I feel like I need to go see the sites that appeal to the majority of others?
Why do I feel this strange FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), in that if I don't go see "the top things" somewhere, then my trip is incomplete?
The "must-sees" in other peoples' universes may be "no interest in seeing" in my universe. And vice-versa.
Yet, I have this strange instinct to see what other people like or think is beautiful and then make sure I follow their lead.
There have been so many "top things to do" on this journey that I did and found to be awful experiences. And then there were the moments where we did something spur of the moment (eating, swimming, climbing) and discovered our own beauty.
I remember vacations where I had a limited amount of time. So I did everything that I was told I had to do (by friends or TripAdvisor) and made sure I took pictures and posted them on Facebook so people would know I was there too. It was my way of feeling "a part of."
Now it is time to try and go my own way. Maybe I will agree with consensus. Maybe I won't.
But think about the surprises either way.
I miss a good surprise.