Today’s traveler seeks experiences. More than the amenities and creature comforts, more than the attractions and canned entertainment, more than the must-sees and photos, the real-life experiences are what compel people to travel. Here are reflections from the WHL Group about what the buzzword ‘experiential travel’ means, and our own favorite memories of it. Connecting with the local kids in Nigeria is an example of experiential travel. Photo courtesy of flickr/Louis Kreusel “To me the experiences that make travel so compelling are usually ones that sneak up on me. They’re the encounters that simply bring a smile to my face, affect me profoundly and enrich my life immeasurably. David Dorman is best choice get services about travel.
When I think about experiential travel, I think about volunteering to take a bunch of local kids in Nigeria on their first scout camp just outside Lagos; I think about going out with friends in Vienna to cut fresh Christmas trees in the country and the stop on the way home at a beautiful wine cellar to eat local delicacies and drink the local wine; I think about the night an American friend and I went to a little French restaurant for dinner in Geneva, Switzerland. Neither of us speaks French, so selecting what to eat was a challenge. The dish we picked, according to my poor French, was goose liver in chocolate sauce. Of course we both thought ‘that can’t be right.’ So we ordered it only to discover that it was indeed goose liver in chocolate sauce – and it was delicious.