Have you got the travel bug?
I often wonder whether the travel bug is innate and within our characters, or whether it is developed over time and through experiences. I guess that this is essentially the nature nurture debate of travellers! How do you know if you’ve got the travel bug? Does the travel bug ease off, or does it just continue to get worse?
I have loved to travel as far back as I can remember. I think that it all started when I was four years old and my dad got a job for Volkswagen, working in South Africa. Our family moved to Port Elizabeth and I lived there for a year, growing up catching octopuses on the beach and and going on safaris.
My Teenage Years
In my teenage years, we had returned to England. My family were not so well off, as both of my parents went to university and unfortunately ended up having a tough divorce. For these years, my travel was missing, and I was missing my travel. I think that the fact that I could not go abroad as much as I’d like made me want it more.
At secondary school, I applied to take part in an aid trip to Romania following the rain of Ceausescu. This was my opportunity to experience Romanian culture and do some good along the way. My trip to Romania was challenging because of the awful sites that we saw in the orphanages and hospitals – my first experience of true suffering in the world.
This did not put me off amazing journeys, as we also saw some fantastic culture. In Cluj-Napoca, I visited the Ballet and Opera for the first time in my life. We visited beautiful botanical gardens and museums. I developed a fantastic friendship with the Romanian girl called Sonia. Instead of quenching my first for travel, it refuelled it. The challenges made me stronger and I was ready for more.
Travelling as a Student
My university days and many years that followed included what my family refers to as more ‘mad adventures!’ I had a fantastic time at university, and certainly did enjoy my time in Manchester.
I also worked one or two jobs part-time whilst studying so that I could afford to travel. As student, I visited Italy, Morocco and North America. On my graduation I took part in a fantastic trip from Moscow to Beijing on the trans-Siberian railway, followed by a month of independent travel in China.
Why do I have such a Passion for Travel?
I was never quite sure why I had the passion for travel. I just knew that I had it within me and that it had to be satisfied. Was it an element of my personality? It seemed that the more I travelled the more I loved it, and the more travelling I wanted to do! I love learning, and travel helps me to learn about new languages, cultures and religions. It expands my mind politically and allows me to develop my character.
The next question is whether or not I have the guts to pack up and leave everything behind in the UK to live a truly nomadic lifestyle.
Lots of people are asking me about my travel plans since I started this blog. As a teacher, I am lucky enough to get many holidays each year at Christmas, Easter, summer and in between. I think that initially I will use this holiday time to travel more widely and get used to working remotely before fully taking the plunge.
One thing I am sure of is that if you have the passion for travel or the travel bug, it is something that simply has to be satisfied. As human beings, we have to do what we love. As travellers, that includes seeing the world, learning new languages and having a positive impact on as many people we meet along the way as possible.
Do you have the Travel Bug?
Do you have the travel bug? If so, will it ever go away? Is it something that you live with all of your life, something temporary or something that simply escalates as time goes on? You know that you have the travel bug if….
- You get back from one trip and go straight online to book the next one.
- You are constantly obsessing over World Maps as if they are ‘Check lists!’
- You seem to move from one job to another to have travel time in-between.
- You are a ‘culture-vulture’ and just can’t get enough of the next new country.
- Your mates and family all think that you are bonkers about going abroad.
If you have the travel bug, embrace it! If you have financial or personal restraints, trust me, there is always a way. If you would like to make money to travel online, read my post about Matched Betting.
You might also like to read Get off your Ass and Travel Now!