Travel Means To Me

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What travel means to me

Since I was a small child I have been endlessly curious about the world around me. I was always that kid with my nose in books, excited to find out more about all the things and places I knew nothing about. I had a big book full of the Kings and Queens of England and Scotland and I devoured it several times, page after page, memorising each story and desperately wanting to visit all the castles and places mentioned inside.

I grew up on a diet of caravan holidays on the South Coast, along the Dorset seaside clambering around cliff tops and creating castles of my own in the sand, but I wanted more. My Uncle was a traveller, and every time he sent me a doll in national dress from his current location (my favourite was the flamenco dancer from Spain), I wanted to know more about these places that seemed so far away to me. If the internet had existed then, I know I would have been furiously googling, my eyes taking in every last drop of information I could find.

Travel Means To Me

I was lucky enough to take a trip to Australia when I was 11 (to visit that Uncle who had since settled there), and I remember being overwhelmed and overawed every last second of that trip.

But from then on, travel became very much took a backseat. There were holidays, and my first city break to Barcelona, but life took on a different shape as I progressed from child to teenager to young adult.

I never did that pre or post university gap year, and at age 22 I fell hopelessly in love with Mr Sparrow and my wunderlust was pushed aside for wedding planning and house buying and settling down (and all the pennies and pounds that that requires).

That curiousity never died, and that fire in my belly never wavered and when the time was right, I knew that travel would find me again.

Travel Means To Me

That time is now.

So what does travel mean to me?

Travel is my window into the world. It feeds my soul and my brain. Travel is finding both difference and similarities in new cultures and customs. Talking to locals and spending time finding out every little thing I can about the place I am in at that time.

Travel is understanding – understanding my place in the world and how I got here. Understanding my own history and that of others and how it all meshes into this rich tapestry of living and fighting and living again alongside each other. Understanding how decisions have shaped our history, and how they might continue to shape our history in the future.

Travel is food and drink and trying new things. It’s tasting delicacies and national dishes and adding these new things into my diet when I return. It’s finding that perfect meal, that local red wine and understanding how these foods have impacted how people live and thrive.

Travel is friendship – meeting new people on the road and staying in touch for years and years and following how that travel experience shaped our lives in different ways. It’s reaching our beyond language barriers and getting to know others in their context and appreciating their lives and the lives of those on the journey with you.

Travel Means To Me

Travel is relaxation…sometimes. It’s resting and recharging in new surroundings, in sun and in snow. But it’s also busy, and full and chaotic and sometimes not a holiday at all. It’s both planning everything and nothing at all. It’s knowing what will happen and waiting for something to happen. It’s stillness and it’s noise.

Travel is not a holiday, or a weekend. It’s not a moment in time, but it is every moment in time. It’s seeing what is on your doorstep and what is far away. Even though I work full time and cannot always travel physically all the time, I am a traveller in my heart.

This is what travel means to me. What does travel mean to you?

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  • Oh Sam, I love this post so much <3 x
    Sophie Cliff

  • Debra Schroeder

    This was a wonderful post. You have such an eloquent writing style. I loved this line β€œfire in my belly never wavered.” It totally describes travel lust. I feel the same way about travel. It relaxes, educates, and fills a need in me. I’d much rather travel and collect memories than things.

    • It’s so true – the memories are what stay with me. Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

  • Anita Nicole

    “Travel is finding both difference and similarities in new cultures and customs” – How true is this statement. I haven’t travelled much but I love knowing were all just human beings both equally different and the same.

    • It’s the best thing for me about travelling! Thanks for your comment πŸ™‚

  • This is such a beautiful post. Growing up I was a lot like you, except your uncle visiting far off lands was my grandma going on exotic cruises every summer! She’d send postcards and bring back small tokens, and I’d spend hours with my Children’s Atlas reading up on all the places she’d been. Now it’s in reverse – I send her the postcards and bring back the trinkets!
    “It’s not a moment in time, but it is every moment in time” – this is one of my favourite lines I think I’ve ever read!

  • What an interesting story. We could not agree more with you. Travel teaches you more than a book can teach you. Your thought process changes once you start traveling and have seen different places. Enjoyed reading this article.

  • Riely Mills

    This is such a lovely post. As you so eloquently said, travel means coming to understand the differences and similarities of cultures and embraces both; it means as well finding ourselves along the way; and of course discovering local wines-the best! Thanks for sharing. I hope you continue to travel and find inspiration along the way.

  • Travel is a means of evolution for me. It is constantly teaching me everything I couldn’t learn during my studies or during my job. New places, cultures, people, food & drinks, self-refection, there’s so much to learn. Absolutely loved your thoughts on this piece. Cheers to you.

  • Gina Panozzo

    Your concluding words definitely resonate with me the most, especially where you said travel means planning everything and nothing at once. I like the chaotic days that put me straight to sleep at night and like you, I have an unquenchable curiosity and wanderlust. I’ve been traveling since I was young as well and spent many summer holidays in Mexico.

  • Janine Good

    This post resonated with me as I have the constant urge to explore new places even when I am unable to leave home for whatever reason. I am settling down at the moment and paying for things like renos, but once I can travel again, hubby and I will be on a jet plane.

  • Suruchi Mittal

    This is a post with all heart out thoughts on traveling and wanderlust. Exactly this is what travel means to me too. I live and love to travel and see the world. It makes me learn and evolve as a better human day by day. I love experiencing different cultures, traditions and meeting new people. Cheers! Keep travelling and writing.

  • Miriam Ernst

    I love your post, the way you write and what you write. I can’t imagine my life without travels! And completely agree with you when you say that travel feeds soul and brain. Yes, it does!

  • Such a beautiful reflection on travelling. I share pretty much everything you’ve said; travelling has changed my life and how I see the world so much!

  • So well written…Travel is anywhere you go…whether it is just off your backyard or far away. Travel is basically when you see things with open eyes and learn to appreciate the smallest aspect of life. Cheers

  • For me, travel is everything, it’s a breath of fresh air, an escape, the feeling of freedom, the peace of mind. If I wouldn’t travel I wouldn’t be able to be myself.

  • This was so sweet – almost like you’re reading my thoughts. And I know what you mean, even when we’re not traveling physically, our mind always is. To me, traveling is getting to know people and nature from a new perspective. My favorite aspect is definitely the friendships made πŸ™‚

  • Tamshuk Saha

    This is such a heartfelt and personal post. Most ardent travellers can relate to your words here. Travel means a lot to people and it changes us in a way we could never have imagined. my favourite words “Travel is friendship” πŸ™‚

  • christopher mitchell

    This is a beautiful post, travel means so much to so many people, but it was wonderful to discover what travel means to you.

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