“Luck is being in the right place at the right time, but location and timing are to some extent under our control.”
There is no substitute for being in the right place at the right time. Going skiing in “mud season” just doesn’t work, even though there is plenty of room on the slopes and the rates are low. The cherry blossoms are not evident around the Tidal Pool in Washington in August and the heat and humidity will wilt any casual visitor. But visit these places at the right time and you will go home with iconic memories.
Where would you like to be, and when? If there is a best time to visit, you will be wise to plan ahead as that is likely to be a popular time. (See last week’s blog about planning things in the most effective order.)
Have you thought ahead to the seasonally special places you might want to visit in the coming year? Let’s consider the seasons in turn and expand the horizons of the possible!
Autumn – We know the special pleasures of autumn in New England. Have you considered starting your fall earlier, going further up the coast (‘down east’) or to the Maritimes to see an extended display of foliage? If you want to go further afield, try Bavaria. Neuschwanstein and Oktoberfest (which happens in September) are unforgettable. (Be prepared for crowds in Munich – but that’s the point.)
Winter – Do you seek warmth or a better cold? Skiing in Colorado or British Columbia gives you your own patch of perfect powder, with plenty of creature comforts après ski. If you seek deep warmth in sun and sand, there are plenty of Caribbean islands to visit. Or you could venture to Tahiti for a different culture experience.
Spring – Washington DC and Virginia have blossoms and full-blown gardens weeks earlier than we have in the north. But for a maximum treat, visit the Netherlands to see where these blossoms are developed and cultivated.
Summer – This is the perfect time for a road trip visiting national parks, especially in the west. 2016 has been a centennial year for the park system but you will be entirely welcome in the 101st year too! The solar eclipse will pass near some great parks and landscapes this summer. Seeing that would add an unforgettable centerpiece to the typical tour of Big Sky country. If you want to go farther from home and have a smaller scale experience, you could go rambling in the British Isles. Villages, sheep, hills and valleys will lure you onward at a very manageable pace.
Consider “doing it right” this year even if you usually skip the obvious choices. The obvious choices are obvious for good reasons. Try them out to understand what all the excitement is about!
Boundaries divide. Travel unites.
6 October 2016