Tuesday, 7 November 2017

WHY I LOVE TO TRAVEL


Ever since I was young, I have always wanted to visit new places - well, doesn't everyone? The travel bug hit me hard, and I was lucky enough to visit nice places quite early on into my childhood. Of course as you get older, you seem to care a lot more about actually 'experiencing' different things and cultures rather than just jumping into a pool on a lilo (although that's still a lot of fun). I'm definitely a lover of luxury, but I can completely slum it if it means getting to experience and see new, untouched places.

The question I always want to ask people is why they don't love travel or even have the urge to do so once in a while?! For me, its complete escapism where you forget all sense of 'normality' - a bit like the Friday feeling you get when finishing work, but obviously better. I admit, I feel I am always planning that next adventure and booking a last minute city break, but why the hell not. Is it just me that feels if you haven't been away 3 or 4 times a year then you've hardly accomplished anything?! Life is for living, seeing and doing new things, meeting new people etc etc - that is always my excuse.

Reflecting on 2017, I've managed to visit Berlin twice, Brussels, Ibiza, had weekends away around the UK and numerous day trips to London (that's classed as a holiday for little Northern me). In the midst of all that, I've been saving £££, putting all my effort into work, moving house and trying to stay fit.. and I still somehow squidge a holiday in.

As life has got in the way lately, I felt I had barely any time to focus on my blog. To be completely honest, I have neglected it in some way and I was in denial until recently. But hey, there's no time like the present so I thought I'd start back with my utmost favourite thing to do and just why I love it so much.


PEOPLE
It's always nice to meet people from all walks of life when you're travelling. Particularly when I was in Thailand, near enough 80% of the people you meet have, 1. their life tucked into a backpack and 2. can speak English, giving you that reassurance of everybody being in the same boat. It's pretty cool building friendships through the hostel you're staying at, the bars or the beach round the corner.  


CULTURE
This kind of ties in with my previous point, but its always quite amazing to see the difference of our daily lives compared to those in completely opposing cultures, families and their general jobs and duties. Travel in general always seems to change my perspective on a lot of things, but culture is definitely number one. Even with education, I visited Koh Tao Elementary and was bombarded with 8 year olds wanting to have photos taken with 'Miss Ellie' - so sweet.



EXPERIENCES
Another major advantage to travel is the opportunities it can give you in terms of experiences, activities and adventures. With the majority of these being those 'one in a lifetime' moments, how could this not encourage you to see more of the world? I have endless amounts of these totted up on my bucket-list, but without doubt the best thing I've done to date was my 3-day home-stay programme at the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre. If you haven't already been bombarded with pictures yet then here's a few.


FOOD
If you go to a country and don't try out their national delicacies - did you even go? Easily the best thing about visiting somewhere new is trying something on a menu that you've never and probably will never have again! Going to a foreign country and eating McDonalds for your dinner should be a sin - the only exception for that is after one too many bevs. 


SPONTANEITY 
I'm talking figuring out a tube map in Berlin and still getting on the wrong train. Being spontaneous when travelling is just as important as being organised in the important aspects, that's whats so good about it. Of course, having some idea of where you're going is going to help you out, but stumbling across restaurants, alleyways, graffiti or bars always turns out to tell the best story when you return home. I love to have a set plan of what I'm doing and where I'm going, but it always seems to be that the best things happen when they're unplanned.



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