What gave me the travel bug
I've always been a bit of an explorer, even when I was younger, I loved going away to places and seeing what they had to offer. My parents were a very big influence in my love of travel as were always coming up with trips for us to go on even if it was just for the day. I have a lot of happy memories of road trips to go somewhere new. My big sister Fran gave me my love for London as I remember going up to London with her for days out and she would take me to all the big attractions and make it so much fun. But I didn't get bitten by the travel bug until my trip to Tasmania.
It was 2012 and I was preparing for a trip to Tasmania with my mum and my husband Sean. I was scared stiff of flying but I had a large part of my family waiting to meet me and my cousin's wedding to attend so I faced my fear and got through the 27 and a half hours journey.
I didn't realise how excited I would get once we were out there. Everything needed to be explored, we went on road trips around the island and saw so many amazing places that when I got back home, I wanted to see more. It's like the trip opened my eyes to how big the world was.
Living in Kent which is known as the Garden Of England I am used to beautiful countryside and open spaces but Tasmania was beyond that. The beautiful green landscape, Mount Wellington that looks like it touched the sky, no sky scrappers or high buildings so a whole new feeling of open space compared to back home in the UK. It also made me feel a physical need to see more, I wanted to see things and places that I hadn't seen before. I wanted to meet people from different cultures and try food that I wouldn't be able to get at home.
Since that trip I have been lucky enough to go to Orlando, North and South Wales, Miami, Normandy, Kos twice, Dublin, Fuerteventura, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Pompeii, Snowdonia, Sorrento, I did a big road trip around the South West of England and loads of other places all over England.
I love seeing a place for the first time, checking out the local area to see what bars and restaurants I can go to, what things I can do that are nearby and just have a general explore.
I do research places before I go and I get such a buzz seeing things for myself once I am actually there. I've had people say to me "Google it, it's cheaper" but I don't think it is. Looking at a picture of a place doesn't give me the save buzz as seeing it for myself. Feeling the heat from the sun, seeing the architecture up close, walking in the steps of historical people or events. Like standing in the middle of the Pompeii Amphitheatre wondering what people in the seats would have seen there. Did they go there to watch plays? Did they watch gladiators fighting?
My husband doesn't have the travel bug like me, he would be quite happy to just explore the UK, which is fine but I sometimes feel like I want to be in a whole different country or at least get on a plane to get somewhere for it to be an exciting adventure. I loved our Unplanned Road Trip earlier this year and loved exploring all those new places but I wanted to get off of my own island.
I don't think I will ever stop wanting to explore and have adventures, fingers crossed anyway haha