31 October, 2011

Luxury or roughing it?

I have just returned from an incredible trekking trip to Peru, and with around six to nine hours of walking everyday, I had a lot of time to think. While snuggling into my sleeping bag at night, in temperatures of minus 10 degrees celsius, I wondered...do I prefer luxury holidays, or do I secretly like roughing it?

It's a tricky question as I loved getting up every morning at 6am; cupping a mug of warm coca leaf tea in my hands, while breathing in the fresh air in the incredible Andes. At the same time, you can't beat climbing into a huge hotel bed with fresh sheets, and plump pillows.

Since I returned from the magical mountain ridges in Peru on Saturday, I have taken great pleasure in the simple things in life; like switching on lights instead of rummaging in my rucksack for my head torch. Having said that; I miss the feeling of open spaces, and a lack of people - it was a strange feeling being in London Heathrow with thousands of other travellers, and I do wish I could still enjoy the relative solitude of the trek with the amazing bunch of fellow trekkers, who really made the trip for me.

I am relatively new to trekking and camping experiences, but that doesn't mean I've spent years travelling in luxury. I think it's all about having a balance, and mixing things up a bit so that you don't get bored with one or the other. Perhaps the way to do it, is to try and experience luxury on a budget!

What do you prefer - luxury or budget travel? I'd love to hear your thoughts, so please leave your comments below.

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