I’m not going to lie…I love to travel. Ever since I worked in a travel agent at the age of 17, I’ve been fixated with visiting different places. Going abroad is brilliant but visiting new areas in the U.K, like Devon, Cornwall, Wales, Lake District is just as exciting! A couple of weeks ago I went to West Woods near Marlborough, which is approx 20 minutes from where we live, the wood is full of beautiful bluebells and was so peaceful and calming. How many other undiscovered gems are just within a stones throw?! We spent our mini moon in the Lake District which was stunning.
I’ve been lucky enough to travel far and wide; from family holidays in Spain and other European trips including Italy, Sweden and France. I’ve been long haul to Australia, Hong Kong, St Lucia, Dubai, USA and Canada. For work I’ve been to Budapest (which I’d LOVE to visit again), Kiev, Germany, Paris (where I was able to meet my brother for the evening) and Wroclaw (Poland). I must add however that the thought of backpacking around a country for a couple of months isn’t something that I’m keen to do…if I hadn’t done it during my early 20’s then I highly doubt I’ll be doing it now as I approach my late 30’s!!!
I love the planning, the journey and of course, actually being away. The anticipation of visiting somewhere new and wondering what it will be like, the excitement of experiencing new foods, scenery and situations (I do not like the packing / unpacking ritual).
Travel is good for the soul – escaping reality has got to be good for your mind, your spirit and your soul. We all lead such busy lives that taking a couple of days or a couple of weeks away really does allow you to take stock of things and reflect on what’s been going on. We had a long weekend away visiting friends in Kent earlier this year and despite it only being 2 nights away from the office I felt fully refreshed and ready to go again.
Travel makes you who you are – When I was 18, my good friend Kim and I handed in our notices at work, packed our cases for a 2 week trip to Majorca (Magaluf…) and spent the next 5 months living and working in the bars. It definitely helped me become independent as we had to find somewhere to live and get jobs. I have so many memories of that summer and we had such a fabulous time in the sun!
Travel gives you perspective – JB and I took the decision to spend 6 weeks in Spain during the early part of 2016. We were able to both continue running our own businesses whilst we were out there and although we couldn’t see clients everything ran pretty smoothly. We tried to continue the relaxed approach when we returned but of course, it doesn’t take long to fall back into living at 100mph. When you venture to another country and experience breath taking sunsets, you realise there is so much more out there to be experienced. During a trip to Cairo to visit my Aunt and Uncle a few years back, I remember seeing huge luxurious hotels and shops but then being shown just down the next street where people were living in run down shanties – not everything is first as it seems when you visit different places.
Travel helps you create memories – I can probably suggest that a lot of your best memories involve some sort of travel. The trip I took for my 30th to New York with my Mum will always be a favourite holiday of mine. NYC probably wasn’t somewhere my Mum would have chosen to go but she absolutely loved it and seeing her actually enjoying a helicopter trip over the city was fantastic (she’s a super nervous traveller!). I’ve got incredible memories of our honeymoon to Australia, getting engaged in Dubai, taking my first flight on my own to Gibraltar, taking a holiday in Italy with family and staying in a village where nobody spoke a word of English and trying Campari for the first time (vile…)
Above all else…
Travel is an integral piece of who you are – it opens your eyes to what goes on in the world by experiencing new situations, trying new foods and discovering corners of the earth you never knew existed. It allows you to rest and re-charge, it provides great memories and stories to tell in years to come and it makes you smile – inside and out.
Why do you travel?!
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