For us travellers, it can be hard to pinpoint the exact moment we caught the travel bug. For some of us, it’s the time we stepped into the world as a grown up, on our first solo travelling trip. For others, like me, catching the travel bug was a gradual thing, made up and built upon in hundreds of different ways.
How books made me fall in love with travelling…
One of the reasons I decided on the name of my blog was due to the HUGE impact books have had on my life, including influencing my views of the world and the desire to see it all. I remember the very first books I read as a child and crying because I wanted to be there with all of the characters. Then as I grew up, I started to realise that the world is larger than my little town, that there are whole other continents and countries to be explored.
The Princess DiariesI remember this book series being one of the first to truly make me want to hop on a plane and see everything in the books for myself. I wanted to see a Mustang car, to ride on a tram through Manhattan, I wanted to taste a corndog and see the buildings that touched the sky.
The Boys Next DoorThis was, and still to this day remains, one of my favourite reads. I think I was about fourteen when I bought this book, and I’d read it within a day, it was ADDICTIVE! I remember wanting to learn to wakeboard in a lake and visit the Crabbie Festival. I remember that I wanted it: a summer by the lake with good friends and even better weather.
Practising what you preach…Whilst books had a MASSIVE impact on my want to travel, the times I actually travelled only built upon this insatiable dream of mine. I was lucky enough to have a mam that managed to take us abroad every single year, and whilst I was often too young to really appreciate the places I visited, as I grew older I began to realise that I was wanting to travel more, to travel further.
A fair few years ago, I went up to Edinburgh with my mam for a girl’s weekend away, and I absolutely fell in love with discovering new cities. I’d never been to Scotland before, but you’d think I’d just found Narnia with the amazement I felt! I felt like I was drowning but at the same time taking my first breath: there was so much I wanted to see and take pictures of, so much I begged my mam to stop the car for so I could get out and breathe in the scent of the Scottish countryside as we headed for Edinburgh. I think that little road trip was the first time I truly felt what it was to be filled with wanderlust.
GreeceI’ve been so lucky in that I have a mam who has managed to take me abroad every year since being three months old, and each holiday only added to this sense of amazement at the world; at the sights and smells, at the smiles of the people and the sounds of a city. One trip that I remember with such fondness is the time we went to one of the Greek Islands,
Zante. While the island is a well known hot spot for youngsters, we were nestled up in the hills towards the quieter end of the island. This trip taught me so much about travel, and mainly about both sacrificing and taking a leap of faith.
I remember walking for two hours to find the nearest little village with a shop, and seeing the REAL side of Greece that you don’t often see; the curious stares of locals and white painted houses with fruit trees in the gardens and families sitting having their evening meal outside on the patio. I remember FINALLY building up the courage to properly swim in the sea, a HUGE fear of mine, and freaking out because I thought I saw a turtle (to my disappointment it was only a rock…).
The influence of social media…I think one of the biggest sources of inspiration for me, and especially in falling in love with travel, has been through social media; through images on facebook pages and instagram pages worthy of envy. I couldn’t tell you how many pictures I’ve liked, how many I’ve sent to my best friend with a caption along the lines of ‘we HAVE to go here!!!’ or ‘how AMAZING is Canada?’, and how many pages I’ve cut out of magazines and stuck to my wall while I dream and plan of how I’ll get there and what I’ll do when I’m there!
It’s one thing hearing about these amazing places, but actually seeing it, even if it is just a picture, is, as they say, worth a thousand words. Following other people on their journeys across the world has only strengthened my drive to travel. It’s made me realise that actually, it is possible, and that despite what people say, travel WILL be a huge part of my life, so here’s to all of the adventures yet to come!
Thank you to Rhiann for writing today's guest post! Please check out her social media and her beautiful blog!
is an American educator, creator and wellness influencer who has been living the abroad life since 2009! She is bird obsessed, always a travel jinx and pays the bills by teaching English. Learn how to get abroad and live your best life once you're there!