I need help. Ive been bitten BADLY by the travelling bug.
I mean, Im probably about as far away from home as i could be, but because Im working and in a routine at the moment, all I can think about it getting back on the road again.
It's Friday night and I'm as giddy as a child at Christmas because Ive got my pack on my back and Im heading off somewhere for the wknd.
What is it about hitting the road to anywhere that makes you feel so great?
I think there are many factors:
The freedom which leads to the uncertainty i suppose (or vice and versa)
Leaving for a bit your responsabilities behind.
Quitting the daily grind for a more opening experience.
I could think of many more reasons
Ev, I can so relate to having these itchy feet. I'm having one of the best times of my life at the moment and totally feel at home in Melbourne, but still when I see a plane or travelguides on display in a bookstore window, I get this incredible urge to go away again. Don't know if this feeling is ever going to stop ?!? I'm definitely looking for an adventure and some sort of challenge everytime I go away and that's what I love about it.
If you really feel like hitting the road again, your always welcome over here in Australia . Have a great wknd away!
[ Edit: Edited at Oct 21, 2006 9:43 AM by steff ]
For me it's the freedom of it all. I love just been somewhere new, where noone knows me and having to meet new people. I like been completely comfortable taking to strangers and then becoming friends with them, exchanging travel stories. I mean could you imagine just turning to someone in a pub at home and talking to them they would think you were mad and desperate.
I love not having responsibility when traveling, well you do but not like you have when your at home. i love seeing new places and experiencing new cultures.
Itchy feet really is a worry, i sometimes think if i will ever be able to stop it, will i always want for new places and new things to see to fullfil me life. I have just come back from my 3rd year long trip away and i think it will be my last long haul trip, i mean you have to settle down and establish yourself sometime (don't you?)
I think strange and wiery times are aheand for me
[ Edit: Edited at Oct 21, 2006 12:50 PM by koalabear ]
I have no idea what it is or why I have it, but it's just there. And I get it after a very short period of time.
Btw, tiger balm is great to soothe itchy feet
After spending the last 5 weeks in Toronto, I believe it is related to house work. When I am home, I need to clean where I sleep and live. When I am not home, I don't need to clean where I sleep and live.
Actually, I do think that's part of the reason. When I'm at home, I always feel like I should be DOING somthing. There's all these responsibilities that I should be taking care of. When I am on the road (even for work), beyond my daily work chores, I have no responsibilities. I put in my 8 hours, and I am done.
Luckily, I have gotten another assignment, so I will be off travelling again soon too. Though it's just to New Jersey, a short 1 hour flight from Toronto, and where I've spent the last 8 months prior to being home. Sigh - I miss last year, when I got to go to Paris.
I think it's the potential of having a whole chunk of time without any real plans. Yes, you set out to see specific things - but any little distraction can sway you in another direction. That living-for-the-moment thing is wonderful.
Except the fact that i love to meet new people and see how people from other culture lives. My main secret reason is because I can get away from everything and everyone while travelling. No phone, no responsabilities, am free, no family obligations. The only moment I dont have my life under control it´s when i travel because i dont know what´s in the corner.
oh, its the greatest feeling!! it fixes everything! broke? hungry? homeless? 5 days without a shower? once you pick up your bag and jump on a plane/train/bus/rickshaw it doesn't matter anymore.
i have now been in one place and doing the same thing for almost a year - the longest period of routine in my life since i left school and i'm almost delirious with itchy feet. have been avoiding TP because it drives me mad to think/talk/hear about travelling and know that i'm staying put. it's an addiction and i'm not sure i'm coping with the withdrawal....
where's that tiger balm....?
I dont know, why it feels so great.
But, i have always felt that way, about travelling.
I am off, to Thailand, tomorrow.