Travelling is such a gift and privilege we have in the modern world, it is so easy to book a bargain ticket, pack your bags and explore anywhere on earth. And nothing has made me appreciate that more than the current situation, though it has given me time to think about why I have this craving to jet off to a different country. So I have gone deep into my soul (ok not that deep) and searched for where my passion and craving for wanderlust comes from.
Fantasy & New Experiences
My first experience of travel abroad was to Disneyland Paris, not the most culture rich place! However, we were enclosed in a fantasy world that was different to my norm and there was an enormous amount of new and exciting things to ride, to eat, to buy, to see…. But this is the same when visiting anywhere, it is an adventure and you can experience things you can’t do at home, all while being immersed in a land unfamiliar to you. It is your own fairy tale adventure where you can visit the prettiest places, have amazing experiences and stay in your dream locations.
The 5 Senses
Now I have had a fair amount of travel abroad, my most vivid memories are ones where my senses were overwhelmed. Istanbul is one destination where this is definitely true, when I think about it I can smell & taste the street food, hear the noise of the traffic and the busy streets while having the spectacular Bosphorus & Galata tower in my sight. It is these experiences that I crave to have time and again, being immersed in a new world surrounded by things that stimulate all my senses.
Culture & Learning
This is one of my most enjoyable moments of travel, it sounds cliche but growing as a person and learning new things is something that cannot be recreated without visiting a new place for yourself. Sometimes you can become very stuck in your own countries societal and cultural ways and experiencing differences in these really intrigues me. The trips I have taken have made me more confident, given me the chance to understand religion & history better and has broadened my knowledge of everything from cooking to dance! I love to embrace new ways and some of them I have brought home and changed my actions as a result.
Talking of cooking, food is a big bonus! Trying the local delicacy & finding new things to try is very me, I am not really a fussy eater, I will give pretty much everything a go at least once so I eat locally as much as possible and try to find weird new combinations and dishes. This way you get to really be immersed in the destinations culture too as food is so important to many places. Some of them I liked so much that I even tried to recreate at home such as Turkish stuffed meatballs (İçli Köfte)!
The surroundings of a new place fills me with happiness, it could be a stunning mountain landscape, a beautiful secluded beach or the historic architecture of a city. All of them give me a unique feeling of appreciation for the world we live in. A dramatic view or a national park lets you take a moment to see natural beauty on earth. While a cities architecture is something I am fascinated by, as every country has a different style with so much history hidden, I love to go on the tours to really bring these buildings to life.
Imagine the moment you arrive at your destination, it is such a good feeling right!? This is the moment I feel the most happy, I have freedom, days ahead of me to explore and looking forward to the memories I will create. Some of the enjoyment stems from leaving my troubles behind, no work to get up for in the morning and the rest is from the exciting new adventures that lie ahead. Even when my travels aren’t a relaxing beach holiday and instead filled with sightseeing and exploration, I still feel so relaxed and in my element doing something I love.
Why do you love travelling? Let me know below 🙂
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