Feet to move, places to roam
No, not the flu, a cold or some other disease – the travel bug. As I have just recently booked my European round trip flights for the summer, I have told a few friends that I will be leaving on another escapade in August and their reactions vary from “Wow congrats!” or “That’s crazy, good for you!” and my favorite “Wow, you have a serious travel bug hey?” I personally believe there is no cure for the travel bug. The more you go out and explore, the worse it gets; you want to keep going here, and there until you feel you have seen and experienced every corner of this world. However, my fellow wander-luster’s will know, you will never feel completely satisfied. You will never feel you have seen and done absolutely everything, there will always be something else that catches your eye and you will always want to be on the next flight out to a new location.
I have fell in love with multiple places. I didn’t always know I loved them until I returned home and continued to think about all the wonderful aspects that a particular location had to offer. When I first arrived in London last year, I did not understand the hype that surrounded it. I thought the people were rude, there was not a lot to actually do and I always got lost which left me frustrated. Once I had returned home to Canada, I wanted to go back. I reflected back on London and how clean and smooth the roads were compared to Winnipeg, the local pubs were fantastic, and the vibe of the city was unique; people were always on the move which was motivating to get up and do something productive with your day. When I was in London, I could not wait to move onto the next city, which was when I fell in love with Amsterdam. I will not go over and pick apart every place I have been to in order to tell you my perception on the pros and cons, however, I will tell you not to take travelling for granted. If you do not like the place you are currently in, learn to love some particular feature about it that is has to offer you; perhaps it is the food, the weather, the shopping, or the beaches. Find what you don’t like, avoid it, and move onto something you adore. I know now that I am over an 8 hour flight away from the UK that I want to return to London and experience it in a new light. Go back to the locations I left my heart in and continue drooling over the fact that they drive on the opposite side of the road than I do, the efficient transportation system, the gloomy weather that even a person who hates rain and endure and the cider that I could buy at home, but sipping on it elsewhere makes it even more addicting.
14 countries later and the bug is stronger than ever. I admire that other people are watching my life through photos (aka Instagram) or getting into reading this blog, and asking about my travels, such as when I was just in Banff and San Francisco so far this year. I receive texts from others asking what to do here, and there or how much I spent so they can estimate the same. There is nothing I love more than being asked a question by someone who actually wants to know my opinion on a place or because they actually value my response in order to help them. You could ask me a math question and I will probably walk away from you; if you ask me a question about writing inspiration or travel advice, I will ask you to pull up a chair beside me and we could chat for hours. I am no professional traveler, maybe one day I could become one but the best advice I could give to other people who are starting to experience the travel bug is this:
Money comes and goes, it is temporary. I once read in another travel blog “The more money you have, the harder it is to let go of”. I thought this was absolutely brilliant and 100% accurate. What is the point in having money if you aren’t going to do anything with it? Perhaps because I am only 21 I view cash in a different perspective than someone who is 45 with 3 children. For now, while it is just me on my own, the money that I have saved and worked hard for, is money that is going to go out and have fun. When I finish my degree and have a different set of priorities that is when I will preach something different to you. In this moment, I am telling all my other little travel bugs: Just go, it is that easy and it will be worth it. You will always want to save more money, but that is just it. If you are waiting to save 1 million dollars to go travel, you might be waiting a long time. You are young, just do it.