My List Of Awesome Things In Travel

To travel is to leave everything behind, skip the routine, and find some room for fun and enjoyment. While people are not the same, everyone has his/her own type-of-trip preferences, and his/her very own list of things that get them excited to travel, find out my list of awesome things in travel, and figure out if you can relate to any.

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Pre-travel

Plan less. Go slowly. I traveled in the most inefficient way possible and it took me exactly where I wanted to go. ~ Andrew Evans 

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  • Buying a guidebook, or printing out online travel tips
  • Planning the details of my trip and writing an itinerary
  • Living a week from hell, having to finish all pending stuff, and do the handover, but knowing deep-down that after the suffering I will soon be going on a vacation
  • Writing my “out-of-office” note right before switching off my computer and leaving the office
  • Forgetting all about work and switching the traveler mode on

To travel is to take a journey into yourself. ~ Danny Kaye 

 

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  • Writing my to-do and packing lists
  • Running pre-vacation errands or doing pre-trip shopping
  • Packing and unpacking several time
  • Being dropped off at the airport, checking-in, then finally boarding the aircraft
  • If we are on a road-trip playing that song that everybody loves, and singing altogether with a “we are on vacation” kind of spirit
  • Getting butterflies when the pilot or co-pilot announces that we are soon approaching our destination

You lose sight of things… and when you travel, everything balances out. ~ Daranna Gidel  

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During the trip

  • The moment I exit the airport and fill up my lungs for the first time with the city’s fresh air
  • Hopping on a ride that would allow me to gawk at my surroundings, and explore local areas
  • The moment I arrive at my accommodation, while curious to see how my room looks like
  • When my accommodation turns out to be crappy, nothing to compare to online reviews, then burst out laughing
  • When I check into a hotel or a private property after frequently staying in hostels, and feeling how luxurious it is to not share rooms or bathrooms, and having instead a private bathroom, towels, & a T.V.
  • Having the luxury of choosing to switch off my mobile phone, and being inaccessible
  • Waking up to find myself in a different city

To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. ~ Freya Stark 

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  • Not having to worry what day it is
  • Looking at my watch, pitying my work colleagues while thinking to myself if I was at the office now I would have been doing this and that, but all I have to do now is to ENJOY
  • When I turn off my alarm or adjust it knowing that I won’t have to wake up too early for work, and that I can always turn it off and go back to sleep -I use the alarm while on vacation, it’s probably exceptional but I hate to waste the day sleeping, yes sleeping is a waste of time
  • The feeling of doing nothing, then resting afterwards. That’s what Italians call Dolce Far Niente -the sweetness of doing nothing- and they are masters in it.

How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterwards. ~ Spanish Proverb

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  • When I have walked too much and cannot feel my feet or toes anymore however can’t stop myself from exploring more
  • When I get lost, only to find myself in a heavenly place
  • When I ride public transports I am not used to; I am talking about tuktuks, rickshaws, micro-buses, ferry boats, you name it!
  • When I am encountered by a funny incident that I cannot wait to share witheverybody
  • Getting into a local market and buying all sorts of crafts that would remind me later on of my trip
  • When I haggle at local markets and get out triumphant, buying stuff for half their real price

Travel is like love, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end. ~ Pico Iyer 

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  • Witnessing culture shocking incidents
  • Trying hard to talk to locals using the few words that I have learned from their native language, hand-signs, only to end up smiling and laughing at each other as we weren’t able to communicate
  • Hopelessly seeking assistance or looking for information then finally overhearing someone speaking a language that I speak
  • When I use proper toilets or shower after a shower-less and squatting-toilets hiking trip
  • When I accidentally run into a place I have seen in photos
  • When I stumble-upon a photography heaven

Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else. ~ Lawrence Block

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  • When I dare to eat local food that smells funny, tastes really bad, giving intense stomach-aches that will leave you hugging the toilet, but I’m still happy I had the guts to try it
  • When I had to get over my fear of heights, and “kind of” got over my fear of crawling creatures for the love of travel
  • The moment I finally catch an almost missed flight, bus, train, etc. and give that “I made it” smile
  • When I miss my family, my home, my bed but still don’t want to go back
  • Having my luggage just at the exact weight limit and not having to pay for exceeding the weight limit

A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place. ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

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Post-travel

  • The moment I feel that I have totally exhausted myself during my vacation, and badly need another very soon to recover from the trip I just had
  • Saving and planning for the next trip
  • Looking at photos and remembering the details of each and every day
  • Writing a blog post or sharing my experience with family and friends
  • Decorating my office or room with the local crafts and souvenirs I bought during my trip

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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To sum up, well “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” ~ Susan Sontag

Is it on your list as well?!

Now is your turn to tell us what’s your list of awesome things in travel? and what’s your favorite travel quote? Share with us in the comments below 😉

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Our Readers Comments

  1. – preparing the itinerary, and changing it again and again..

    – That moment when i go to the embassy, receive my passport, open it, and see my approved visa.

    – The smell of the airport !.. it’s hard to describe but you will know what i’m talking about if you’re a traveler.

    – when i step out the airport, then start trying to find the right public transportation to my destination, avoiding the temptation of taking a taxi.

    – dropping my luggage off in my accommodation, and go instantly starting my first tour in town, regardless how tired i am or late the time.

    – setting next to the window when i take the train from town to town.

    – The feeling when i’m in a very infamous place, and meeting somebody telling me that he’s been living there for (…) years and it was his first time to meet an Egyptian, thinking about the possibilities that i might be the first Egyptian to be there.

    – When i go searching for a mosque for Friday prayer, trying to explain to locals what does mosque means by describing it with (Muslims’ church) !

    – The moment when i first see that place that I have seen in pictures before.

    – The very remarkable (first in my life moments).. like first time to be in a foreign country, first time to see snow… etc.

    – writing my diary, mentioning even the song that i was playing in the remarkable moments, to get my self in the mood when i read it after years.

    – When I turn on the roaming feature in my cell phone, and cancel calls from people who don’t know that i’m abroad, then text them saying “sorry, i’m in (………)”

    – making long long conversations with locals.. best moment comes when i tell them things that are very ordinary in my homeland, and see that look in their eyes like they are listening to an alien from Mars !

    – The very remarkable (first in my life moments).. like first time to be in a foreign country, first time to see snow… etc.

    – The last couple of days of the journey when I’m travelling with my wife, and we start thinking about our next trip.

    – The hours before leaving when my wife tells me that we should come back someday, (she does every time we travel !).. and i smile to her knowing that mostly we won’t.. because the world is too wide to travel to the same place twice.

    – The very remarkable (first in my life moments).. like first time to be in a foreign country, first time to see snow… etc.

    • Ohhhh! what an amazing list <3 <3 <3, I know exactlyyyyyyy what you are talking about, and can totally relate 😀

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