Noun: finding something good without looking for it
This is how the word Serendipity is defined in the dictionary. What is your definition? Is it the joyous feeling of unexpectedly discovering warm chocolate inside an ordinary looking cake? Or is it the delirious pleasure of coming across a hidden cove that has waters reflecting the sky and not a soul to take away the moment?
At Pickyourtrail, our moments of serendipity are many. Over the last three years, we have had the joy of sharing the serendipitous moments of most of our travellers from their international vacations. They say serendipity hits you and you can’t go looking for it. We asked a couple of travellers if they thought planning a vacation affected the chance of discoveries during travel.
Here is what we found.
Of Vietnam and mango salad
When our travellers, Nithya and her friends decided to go on a girls-only vacation to Cambodia and Vietnam, they were looking to have a good time together. When serendipity hit them, it was through the most divine mango salad at the night markets of Vietnam. The carried the taste back with them to India and told us about it. For a long time to come, Vietnam memories will start with a mango salad for this group of adventurous girls.
Fortune favours the prepared
Revati and Charles of Different Doors are a couple who travel and write about their journeys; quite a few unique experiences. Like a chance discovery of the mind-blowing restaurant Cantinho do Avillez, while on their last day in Porto (Portugal)! Revati tells us that on this restaurant is now on their Top 5 things to do in Porto. She also believes that planning doesn’t really kill chance during travel, “ We believe fortune favours the prepared, and especially so with travel. For us, every minute of every day we spend travelling is really precious and we don’t want to wake up not knowing what’s in store for us. And when you know what’s in store for you, you’re in a better position to decide what to do with your time or whether a chance encounter is worth throwing all plans for the day away. What’s important is to leave enough room in your plans for serendipity. And trust us, serendipity is a seed that will only sprout on field that’s ploughed.”
Sankara Subramanian however believes otherwise about planning. This wanderer who is mostly on the road discovering places, people and culture tells his stories on ‘Be On The Road’. Sankara thinks that a journey planned the least is the best, “If you keep your travel simple, plan the least, but have the inquisitiveness of a young kid, your chances of experiencing the true spirit of travel adventure increases exponentially. The happiest or should I say the richest travel memories are from the times you least expected it!“
Capturing the Milky Way
Archana and YD Nathan’s trip to New Zealand was a planned one, by us of course. Right from hiring a car to plotting out their visits on the NZ map, the vacation was a well thought of one. At Hot Water beach, Hahei in New Zealand’s North Island the couple were set to enjoy a night-stroll and take in the natural hot water sauna. But little did they realise they were in for an even more ethereal experience. In Archana’s words, “The sky had cleared up and it was pitch dark with a million stars scattered around. Nothing could beat the 360 degree view that we were getting. I had never seen so many stars in the sky. At a point in the night, we noticed a bright light where the stars seemed more concentrated and the light seemed bright at only one place. A little later, we saw the milky way radiating its aura to us wonder struck mortals!”
Guess planning helps you be prepared for life’s most unexpected moments too!
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