On The Move

Sitting still doesn’t come naturally to me.  After a day of relaxing on a beach, my feet start twitching, and I’m ready to get up and start exploring.

All the travelling to reach new destinations can sometimes take it’s toll.  I don’t even want to think about the ludicrous amount of hours I’ve spent waiting at airports or train stations; the number of times I’ve rushed in a panic to catch a flight; the amount of delays that have frustrated me, and the hours of sleep I’ve lost to jet leg; the irritation of bartering over prices for a local taxi, tuk tuk or bus; the air miles I could have earned if only I had been clever enough to sign up in the first place; and all the plane food I’ve consumed (and yes, I’m one of those rare few people who actually enjoys plane food. It’s food…what’s not to like?!).

But I love it. I love it all.

I love getting on a plane and watching the ground below fading into the distance as we jet off to a new destination. I love carting my suitcase or backpack around even though I can hardly pick it up because it’s twice the size of me. I love getting up ridiculously early for a morning flight even if that means dealing with a grumpy husband! I love walking for hours and getting lost along the way. I love trying to fit in with the locals, getting local transport and making new friends, even if they do try to rip us off for the price of a 2 minute ride.

As the saying goes “It’s the journey, not the destination”, so here are some of my favourite moments on the move…

10 thoughts on “On The Move

  1. SophieSophie says:

    What a positive post, I love this! I’ve definitely had a few negative thoughts about travel – usually in the middle of a flight when I can’t sleep but also can’t stay awake – but at the end of the day, I feel the same was as you do. It’s all beyond worth it!

    • Ayla says:

      Exactly! Of course there are going to be moments when you get fed up but I’d get more fed up at home having to deal with the usual problems! It’s totally all worth it 🙂

  2. Bemused Backpacker says:

    I love this! I totally agree with you, I’m the same when it comes to the irritations of travel, the long queues at immigration (and that ONE person who always waits until it is their turn to take off their belt, empty their bag and get everything ready! Grr!) Those damn tuk tuk and taxi driver cartels, the delays, the lack of sleep …. but I wouldn’t swap any of it for the world! Because you are so right, it is all worth it!

    • Ayla says:

      Exactly! Everything you mentioned there, all those little irritations, had me smiling at the memories of things happening like that. Yes, they may be hugely annoying and frustrating when you’re away but they’re all part of travelling and make for some funny memories!

  3. lruthnum says:

    I love this post! Totally agree, I can only do so much lazing around on the beach before I get the same itchy feet – I like to explore and see the country, I don’t think you really get any travel experience from lying by a pool the whole time – all you see is the sun! I actually wrote a post along a similar line about how much I actually enjoy the act of travelling just as much as arriving at a place – I think the journey there is just as important as your experience of a place 🙂 http://wp.me/p4Jjxn-jK xxx

    • Ayla says:

      As nice as it is to have a relaxing holiday every now and then I just get so fidgety after a couple of days of doing nothing! Totally agree with you – I’ll have a read of your post 🙂

  4. Emily Ray (@emilyraylondon) says:

    Such an inspiring post! I love the art of travelling – granted I’m not the best flyer, but I’m always so excited when I am eventually up in the air and surveying all the world has to offer. And I adore trains – so much so that my 90 minute round train trip every day STILL hasn’t got boring after 18 months of commuting. 😛

    • Ayla says:

      Wow really?! I’m not so keen on my daily commute but if it was an exciting (and very manic) train ride in India then it’s a different story! Thanks for the lovely comment Emily 🙂

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