I went backwards in time from fall to summer this week and crossed continents into Asia. I landed in Sri Lanka for my third time to attend a Travel Blogging Conference and to soak up a little warm weather before I entered back into the heart of winter for the holidays. The conference included a pre trip with 40 other awesome bloggers in which we were shuttled around to a few of the main sites and introduced to Sri Lankan cuisine and culture.
Even though I felt like I spent the majority of my time on a bus getting from place to place I was able to also do some hiking at one of the many Unesco World Heritage sites in Sri Lanka, an elephant safari, boating, a village visit, and I even took a plane along the coast to do some aerial photography. It’s amazing how much you can pack in a short time here. But now I need a break – a little downtime of sitting still and enjoying the crashing turquoise waves along the coast to reflect upon these experiences and my plans next year.
This week reminded me of how much I’ve changed – I don’t know if it’s travel or age that has changed me. As every year goes by I realize that I like big crowds less and less and need more alone time or one on one relationships. This week also reminded me of how I love to travel – independently. It’s great to have everything set up for you – but it’s a very sterile way to see the country. Honestly – I’m sick of eating at buffets. Give me the street food please!
For my last week here I have broken away from the other bloggers and press trip stuff and have found that alone time I was looking for. Luckily Sri Lanka is a good place to find a slower pace and seclusion. As I type this now I’m surrounded by crashing waves and palm trees on three sides of me – a strong salty ocean breeze blows through my hair. There’s not a single tourist around and the beach is filled with goats, cows, and fishermen. It’s nice to know that this part of Sri Lanka still exists. You’ll want to hop on a plane after seeing this Sri Lanka Instagram review!
Thanks to the Professional Travel Bloggers Association (PTBA) for making this conference and trip possible!
What is Week In-Stagram Review?
Each week brings some new scenery and location for me – that’s just the way I like it. If you want to follow where I am real time – then on Friday I will post some of my Instagram photos from the current week. Some weeks I may be traveling somewhere exotic, and some weeks it may be less interesting – but it will give you a peek into my life of perpetual motion.
Disclosure: For half of this trip, I was a guest of Cinnamon Hotels, Cinnamon Air, SriLankan Airlines, and Cvisit.com. Internet access was provided by Mobitel Sri Lanka. However, all opinions here are my own!