There is a lot of thinking time at the moment to look forward to and maybe plan your future trips and travels, some of you might have had trips postponed/cancelled or have places in mind that are next on your list to visit, but what first gave you that inspiration to visit? You may not have decided yet where your next trip will be so there are lots of factors that will help your choice in this ‘inspiration time’. I’ve had a think about the things that inspire me to travel:
My lack of travel abroad when i was younger
Firstly, travelling abroad was a non-existent experience in my childhood, my parents never went abroad so neither did I. That is not to say we didn’t have many great holidays, we had many trips exploring coastal sites in north England and stayed in everything from caravans, hotels, chalets plus the Butlin’s & Haven resorts around the country. At a young age, these places were all I could ask for with play areas, children’s entertainment and activities, I was in dream land. Of course as I grew into my older teens I wanted to see something new, more exciting and different. This is where I think my lust for travel abroad really started and I think the fact that I had not been abroad for my entire life up to this point, meant I craved it even more than others.
I love talking with others about travels, plus many conversations I have tend to always get to this topic somehow, oops! Hearing about different people’s travel experiences is fascinating to me, plus I love to know all the food, hotel and flight details that some probably feel like I am interrogating them! But these experiences of others really inspire my travels too, when somebody has had a great holiday you can really tell in the enthusiastic way they talk about it and I would love to have a similar experience. Plus I have been given some of the best tips and advice from people which really helps in future trips.
TV & Films
This is a big one for me, seeing a video of a destination just makes me want to be there. It doesn’t have to be a travel tv show either, TV dramas and films do an amazing job of getting the camera angles perfect so the filming locations look awesome, have you ever watched a film or drama and thought wow I want to visit there. I love this motivational aspect of film so much that I actually did my university dissertation on films influence in tourists decision making. Film is a form of entertainment that helps people escape from daily life, which is a huge part of travel too, the escapist nature and the emotional connection of a film can play a big part in motivating a visit.
Vlogs are my soft spot, I can watch a travel vlog about most places, some I have never heard of, and by the time I have finished watching I am already looking up flights and desperate to visit myself! I think that personal connection of you getting to follow someone on their explorations around a new city or somewhere you have been before is really unique and sometimes you also get to see the funny moments and things that go wrong! Lots of my evenings are spent entertaining myself with youtube travel videos.
Of course travel inspires itself, it is like a never ending circle, I take a trip abroad, have a great experience, then once back start planning the next adventure! The enjoyment that I have just enhances my desire to do it more often and go to many more places. More often than not, I am looking at my next destination on the journey home. Being at a destination can get your mind wandering too and thinking of similar attractions elsewhere in the world plus other places nearby that you don’t have time to visit this time. The feelings of happiness and excitement in the things you do definitely help inspire the craving to have that feeling again somewhere else.
Some of these, you don’t even realise that they inspire you until you think about it, some destinations have been on my list for years too that I can’t even remember what first inspired them. But all motivations come from somewhere.
What are the things that inspire you and what inspired your last trip?
Let me know in the comments 🙂
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