Last night when I had arrived home from Peru, my mom mentioned to me that I had done quite a bit of travelling for someone of my age. I somewhat disagreed with her because I know of people who had done much more travelling than myself. I went to school with a guy who had been to pretty much every single continent, with the exception of Antarctica! On the other hand, I also know people who have barely been anywhere. For some, it had nothing to do with finances, but rather not even having the desire to travel.
Take my bf for example. He can definitely afford to travel internationally, but doesn’t have much of a desire to. He prefers road trips. Before we met, he had never been outside of North America. We have been on several trips together thus far, but the majority of them have been within Canada and the US, with the exception of our trip to Costa Rica. A couple of years back, we had a long discussion about our views on travelling. We are very similar in personalities, values, and sense of humour. But where we differ on a wider scale is travelling. I LOVE to travel. He prefers to stay local. I asked him if seeing waterfalls and mountains up close and personal took his breath away and unfortunately he disagreed. He said he could see them on tv, in a book. Strangely enough, my dad isn’t much a of a traveller either. He has only been to the US and his homeland. Whereas, my mom is more of a traveller. She just got back from her Europe trip a few days before I got back from Peru. We were exchanging travel stories and looking at each other’s pictures. I definitely didn’t inherit any adventure genes from either side of the family, but I feel like I could have inherited my mom’s love for travelling.
There are different types of travel and everyone has a different perception of what travelling is. To me, its going someplace far and someplace different. Experiencing the scenery, the food, the history, the culture, learning the language if it is different from English. Its the meeting different people and exchanging travel stories.
I have been to a couple of all-inclusives and if it weren’t for the day trips going out of the resort, I would be going insane. Some people are perfectly happy laying on the beach for a week. That’s fine, but it’s not my style. Personally, I almost consider it a waste of money if you’re not going to do anything. I love sightseeing and exploring, so I like the idea of alternating with a day of relaxation and a day of exploration to not burn myself out completely during the trip. I have never been on a cruise and don’t have the desire to do so anytime soon. I know you get to visit lots of different countries and there are a lot of activities on the boat, but the idea of being stuck on a boat for a long period of time doesn’t really interest me.
Aside from the things I have mentioned in the previous paragraph about what travelling is, it’s the little side things as well. Every time I see a plane in the sky, I often wonder where is it going or where is it coming from. I get excited with all the hustle and bustle in the airport. I get excited when I get a new stamp on my passport. I kept my expired passport because of all the stamps I got from my Europe trip. I love the take off part of the plane ride. Rushing down the runway and when we soar into the air, going higher and higher until we are at cruising altitude and there is nothing but clouds.
My secret fantasy is to be a contestant on the Amazing Race, but I think it is only open to Americans. I honestly felt like that during the Peru trip, but I’ll go more into detail about that in the next post.
I collect postcards from every country I visit and display them on my fridge or underneath the glass top of my coffee table. I have patches from all the countries I’ve been to on my 60L backpack which I proudly show off every time I go travelling with it.