Summer’s The Word #3: Reflections on traveling

Summer's The Word

When thinking of summer, traveling is usually the first thought that comes to mind for me. Ever since I can remember, my family and I have spent our summer’s camping in the Great British Countryside from Devon and Cornwall to Wales, we’ve been exploring our country one summer at a time. Even though we’d spend just a week away at a time, those nights spend under canvas felt like they stretched out forever when I was a child.

In my teenage years, I’ve been lucky to travel abroad in the summer too, including an amazing Scout adventure in Austria and various city breaks in Berlin, Marseille and, most recently, Amsterdam.

Since returning from Amsterdam, I’ve realised that traveling really does give me a sense of fulfillment in life and I can tell because I’ve found my inspiration to blog again, I’ve started some painting and sewing projects and I’ve started reading again after 6 months of a reading slump. The thrill of exploring a new culture and being surrounded by foreign languages will never grow old for me and when I spend time abroad, I feel content as if there is nothing more I need in life. In Berlin, I felt – for the first time outside of the UK – at home as if I could leave my life here behind me and start a life in Germany. Then when I travelled to Marseille last year, I experienced the same feeling but more intense as I can (somewhat) speak French so felt more immersed in life there, which made it hard to adjust to being back at home and having to switch into English-mode. I was surprised how quickly my brain switched to understanding and thinking in French during my four day trip. In Amsterdam, I also felt this homely feeling – and almost a week after returning when I’m writing this, I still feel as if I want to go and live there.

In the near future, I would love to spend a summer interrailing around Europe, revisiting these cities that I’ve come to love and long to return to but also exploring new places.

Before, the prospect of travelling on my own seemed daunting but since going to Amsterdam with two of my friends, I know that I’d be able to get by and that thrills me because now I can plan a future of travel and experience this sense of fulfillment more often.

Maybe one day, my travels won’t be exclusive to the summer and I’ll be able to live abroad for a few months, maybe years.

When this post is published, I will be camping in North Wales, exploring the beautiful mountainous Snowdonia but after that, I’m not sure where I’ll be traveling next. My friends and I were thinking about going to Rome or Barcelona next summer or maybe somewhere else. I love the uncertainty of it all. Who knows where I’ll end up next!

Do you like to travel? What is your favourite place that you’ve visited? ๐Ÿ™‚

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10 thoughts on “Summer’s The Word #3: Reflections on traveling

  1. I loved this post! It reminded me how much I like to travel. When I visited Ireland in March, I could realistically see myself living there. Other places I’ve loved are Florida, Mexico and Dominican Republic. I just think you make the best memories travelling!

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  2. Love this post! I also get a homely feeling when I visit European cities, it’s one of my favourite things to do. Amsterdam and Berlin are amazing cities, I would love to visit Marseille, I’ve only ever been to Paris and would love to go to another French city- to make use of French A-level! Highly recommend Rome, the food is great and there is so much to see!

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    1. Glad you like it! And it’s nice to hear from you – hope you’re having a relaxing summer! Yess, I love city breaks, just long enough to make you fall in love with a country and want to go back and visit. The south of France is beautiful, I would highly recommend and yes it would make use of French! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve never actually been to Paris – I feel like it’s something I should do one day but there are so many other French cities I’d like to explore one day like Bordeaux, Lyon and Strasbourg. Oooh good food is always a bonus ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’d love to explore the historical side of Rome too.

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  3. I really enjoyed this post and I’m so glad you had such a great time in Amsterdam! I’m going to Spain in 3 weeks and I’ve never been before! I’m so excited xx

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    1. Ahh I’m glad it made you happy!! Me too, exploring new places really does make me feel alive. Ooh I’ll definitely put it on the travel list then ๐Ÿ˜‰ thank you for your comment! x

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