Five Minute Friday prompt word: MESS
Thanks to messy travel plans, I woke to birdsong along the edge of heaven. Throwing open the shutters I saw a world shrouded in misty billowing curtains. Free falling rain streamed from between ancient stone retaining walls across the road. The air fragrant, green smelling. We were staying in a small Auberge in Bergamo Alto, Italy. Surrounded by snow-capped alpine foothills. Meadows dotted with wild flowers, orchards and forests.
My husband and I see the world by making a mess of our travel plans. We love to travel. We never plan our trips. It makes for interesting yet messy adventures. Sometimes we never reach our intended destination. Or a two-hour trip might take seven hours and a messy argument or two.
We love to mess about on our boat Mojito. Sailing summers with no serious intent or purpose. If we like a place we stay. Once we stayed a year on an island in the Mediterranean. Otherwise we move on.
Always wanting to know what’s around the next corner. The next headland. Over the next mountain pass. Or what does the next town look like.
How to make a mess of your travel plans.
- Never consult your GPS or ignore the directions.
- Use large-scale maps and drive on unmarked roads.
- Go right instead of left, east instead of west.
- Get lost in cloudy weather – the sun is nature’s GPS.
- Don’t listen to advice from fellow travelers or road signs.
- Do listen to fellow travelers and change your plans – see something new.
What ever you do – have fun. Travel and see the messy world we live in. Or travel into your own back yard and discover the camera you lost two weeks ago. If you make too many plans – to avoid a messy trip – you’ll be disappointed.
Let go, follow your heart.
Make a mess. Have fun. Pick up the pieces later.
Chances are that these moments are the moments that you will always remember.