The biggest secret to enjoy traveling (or life) more is told by Paulo Coelho ! He didn't give this advice in person of course, but i had this "Eureka !" moment when I was listening to Ebook "The Alchemist"

In more detail, it happened when I got back from a new years eve trip from Milan. I was so tired due to intense planning of 1 month followed by 5 days of picture taking with an iPhone in one hand and DSLR camera in the other, trying not to miss anything... When I got back, I was so exhausted to a degree that I couldn't even sleep. So decided to listen an ebook to ease my mind and hit play button for "The Alchemist".

When I was thinking about why I was torturing myself and creating so much drama out of my travels, I heard this story;

A merchant sent his son to learn the Secret of Happiness from the wisest of men. The young man wandered through the desert for forty days until he reached a beautiful castle at the top of a mountain. There lived the sage that the young man was looking for.

However, instead of finding a holy man, our hero entered a room and saw a great deal of activity; merchants coming and going, people chatting in the corners, a small orchestra playing sweet melodies, and there was a table laden with the most delectable dishes of that part of the world.

The wise man talked to everybody, and the young man had to wait for two hours until it was time for his audience.

The Sage listened attentively to the reason for the boy’s visit, but told him that at that moment he did not have the time to explain to him the Secret of Happiness.

He suggested that the young man take a stroll around his palace and come back in two hours’ time.

“However, I want to ask you a favor,” he added, handling the boy a teaspoon, in which he poured two drops of oil. “While you walk, carry this spoon and don’t let the oil spill.”


The young man began to climb up and down the palace staircases, always keeping his eyes fixed on the spoon. At the end of two hours he returned to the presence of the wise man.

“So,” asked the sage, “did you see the Persian tapestries hanging in my dining room? Did you see the garden that the Master of Gardeners took ten years to create? Did you notice the beautiful parchments in my library?”

Embarrassed, the young man confessed that he had seen nothing. His only concern was not to spill the drops of oil that the wise man had entrusted to him.

“So, go back and see the wonders of my world,” said the wise man. “You can’t trust a man if you don’t know his house.”

Now more at ease, the young man took the spoon and strolled again through the palace, this time paying attention to all the works of art that hung from the ceiling and walls.

He saw the gardens, the mountains all around the palace, the delicacy of the flowers, the taste with which each work of art was placed in its niche. Returning to the sage, he reported in detail all that he had seen.

“But where are the two drops of oil that I entrusted to you?” asked the sage.

Looking down at the spoon, the young man realized that he had spilled the oil.

“Well, that is the only advice I have to give you,” said the sage of sages.

“The Secret of Happiness lies in looking at all the wonders of the world and never forgetting the two drops of oil in the spoon.”

I was stunned..... I realized that I was focusing on capturing the moment (for that story "seeing the wonders") to document everything to share via social media and my blog , so that I forget my main reason to travel: Having Fun ! Yes, this is how I spill that two drops of oil ...

So from this story I learned the biggest secret to enjoy traveling more...

Never forget your main reason to travel; Having Fun ! When you try to capture every moment and try to share everything through social media , try to squeeze every experience that a destination has to offer and run around like a crazy person to fit all these things in very brief time.... It only results in one thing "Travel Burnout"

And burnout isn't so much fun !

So it is best to accept that you cant do everything at once and just enjoy the ride...

And remember; there is always s second time !