Oh how I love to travel!

 In Introduction

Oh, how I love to travel! Ever since I was a kid, it was fun to go onto journeys. The kind of trips where you would be in the backseat of the car, harassing your parents every hour asking them “are we there yet?”. It was like going on a little adventure, even though we sometimes didn’t ever go that far.

Those trips are stuck in my memory. At a later age, I ventured out on my own. Most of the times my travel was related to the hobbies I had. At first, it was carp fishing. Yes don’t laugh, I was the nutter sitting in a tent at a lake for days sometimes even weeks on end. Waiting for some bloody fish to take my bait. That’s probably where my storytelling originated from. I had my fishing diary with me on every trip I took to a lake.

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Carp fishing was my thing…

It seems I just love telling stories. And I noticed now that I have been writing for InsideFlyer that I don’t like writing (boring) news items. Heck, I don’t even watch the news on TV or listen to it on the radio. Nothing but negative vibes, you’d get depressed listening to all the bad stuff happening in this world. I want to stay in my happy little bubble! I want to write about things that make me feel good.

Travel to escape

Maybe I see travel as an escape from reality or even better escape from society. Not that I’m an asocial person as I seem to get along with just about any individual. But what is with people these days? When walking the streets, people will not even look at you, or if they do, it’s with a look of disgust. I’m talking now about Western Europe. Older adults do have manners, probably because they’re of a different generation that still learned ways to interact.

Compare this to any other country outside of Europe that you visit. Even our friends across the pond in the US, even when you’re a complete stranger, they’ll say good morning/evening to you. Ask how you are doing and start a conversation. On all the layovers I have had during my mileage run trips, I always had multiple people talking to me. That’s why you travel right? To meet other people? To see and learn about different cultures and countries?

We only have a limited time on this planet, so why not make the most of it? And especially, see the most of it! I have a couple of places on my so-called bucket list. Destinations I want to see. Last year I had set my mind on visiting Aitutaki, a tiny island which is part of the Cook Islands, all the way down in the South-Pacific Ocean. I did anything possible to get there, and because of my crazy hobby and determination, I got there!

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Aitutaki, a real piece of paradise

Where am I off to next?

That’s a good question because at the time of writing I’m already there! Those of you that follow me on social media will most likely have figured out where I am. I’m in the land of smiles! Sri Lanka that is, what a pleasant surprise. The following weeks you can expect some more posts about my adventures in Sri Lanka.

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  • Theo
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    Great article, indeed: travel to escape… fully agree!

    • Lionell
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      Thanks Theo! Hooray for the miles we earn with our crazy hobby 🙂

  • Cindy
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    I recognize so many in what you’ve written here. Just from the so-called ‘adventures’ as a kid until the travels as adult where you want to meet new people and learn about other cultures. And you’re absolutely wright at this point: write about the things that make you feel good! That’s what writing is all about.

    • Lionell
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      Hey Cindy, thanks for the comment! It’s these journey that make you into a different person, you get a different perspective on life. Ok we are in a privileged position that enables/allows us to travel, but we don’t take it for granted. It makes you appreciate the smaller things in life, especially when you go to a foreign country and are welcomed with open arms by the local people. If I can bring that message across in my writing, I’ll be happy, even if not a lot of people would read it, it’s just a way to express the feelings of travel.

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