June 21, 2010
Read how a trip to Machu Picchu is enjoyed by a couple who has learned how to travel well together.
As I started to type in the date on this post, I was shocked when I realized that it IS June 21. ALREADY. The first day of summer wasn’t supposed to arrive until Wednesday so that I would have time to send cards for my son’s anniversary. Darn. Life is moving too fast for me to keep track of all I need to keep track of. But then, it’s not so slow that it drags.
In any case, as I begin this post, YouTube is uploading a video I just completed on the trip we took to Machu Picchu, which was part of our 50th wedding celebration. In addition to videos I made earlier of our trip to South America — Impressions of the Galapagos Islands and How to Visit Quito — I will include the new video below to show you that people in long-term relationships can survive the trials that travel sometimes brings. By this time we’ve learned how to give to the other person when that is needed on a vacation, and when to ask for something we need.
On our vacations we have very few arguments (though I won’t say that in the past we’ve always seen eye-to-eye on what to do), but we’ve managed to balance some of what he wants (trains and dams) and what I want (museums and gardens). Of course, it helps if you both want to go to a special place, like Machu Picchu. And I can tell you that in this trip to the “Lost City of the Incas,” 7,970 ft above sea level, I needed his help and he liked having me along. Now I have four new travel rules if we go back there again:
- Don’t fall as you get off the plane in Cuzco and twist your ankle.
- Go anyway.
- If you do need help, bring walking sticks. (While there were signs that walking sticks weren’t allowed, our guide said that when you really need them, they don’t mind. They just don’t want people, meaning children, to use them to damage the ruins. I wouldn’t have made it without them in the thin air.)
- Bring your husband (or other suitable substitute). It gives you someone to help boost you up the higher steps and to share the memories with when you return.
When you watch the video below, imagine what it would be like to visit there with someone you love. Then ask yourself this question:
How do I allow travel to enrich my relationships?
Hope you enjoy this video as much as I’ve enjoyed making it.