It has been a while since I sat down and wrote about traveling on this blog. My last traveling post dates back to January, if you’re not counting the time my sister talked about her wonderful hometown. I’m not sure whether it’s because of my lack of traveling lately, the weather and winter and work and life wearing me out, or…I don’t know, really. But one thing I know is that despite me not talking about it, I still love this just as much.
So today I’m happy and a bit nervous to be back and talk, really talk, about traveling. It’s kind of a different post to what you’re used to but I really hope you’ll enjoy it. BOOKS really are my main source of screams and fangirling here, and if they provide a cheap and incredible way to travel to new places and discover new people for free – well, you’ll admit that the price of a book is much, much cheaper than plane tickets, traveling does make my heart do this little flip flop like nothing else does. Except for books. OBVIOUSLY. (And food. And watching a Friends episode. And the people I love.)
I’m lucky enough to have been born with the travel bug, taken from my family and I don’t regret it at all. Every holiday I got, every time summer came around, I was always able to look forward to little road trips with my family in France and some European countries as well. When I got older, we -my sister / travel-buddy / crazy planner- took our suitcases, our crazines and got off to England, exploring, map in hand, stopping to every single Waterstones and Prêt à Manger on every corner, thriving to talk more and more in this language we love so much. Flying to the other side of the Atlantic and seeing these lights I had seen so many times in the movies light up from this cab probably was, and always will be, the consecration of all of this, and the eternal reminder of why I love traveling so much: to be able to discover, to live inside of these places I have always dreamed of going to.
Just like being lost in a new book, there is something about getting lost in a new city. So this is the moment where I brag about how I can figure out how to read a map and don’t get lost often, but you know, figuratively speaking. I love the new vibe you get in a new city you explore, the beating heart at the great monuments the world just hasn’t managed to destroy yet. “The world is your oyster”, that stupid expression I picked up from a Friends episode really is a good one. Just like in a new book, being in a new city and slowly but surely falling in love with every new step you take, every single moment where ordinary life, everyday routine gets left behind for evenings in hotel rooms planning the day afterwards with your city guide in hand, the computer, and your camera lying on the bed filled with these treasures discovered a few hours ago.
I don’t love traveling. I need traveling, just like I need a good book to get through a bad day, or any day, really. I need the thrill of knowing where I’m going to be heading to next, the feeling of buying that new city guide for my collection, the almost-euphoric feeling of looking up at places to stay, must-sees and plane fares. Something I might do a bit too often if you ask me, but there’s nothing like the thrill of the possibility of where you might find yourself next. Just like when you pick up a new book.
Since you didn’t ask – my next weekend away is in one month, for my sister’s birthday, and it’s in France. My next – next weekend away is in May but it’s not really away when it’s someplace you’ve lived for a while. My next – next holidays are soon (or so, I hold on to that thought), and I have a plan A, plan B, and a lot of possibilities. The world is my oyster, after all, and nothing will hold me back from exploring it all.
I really hope you enjoyed this kind of very different post. Let me know your thoughts in comments!
What’s one thing you love as much as you love books? What’s one of your biggest passion? About traveling…if you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Since I can’t help it…what’s one book that made you want to travel the most? Let’s chat in comments!