It’s that time of year, when our newsfeeds are flooded with red roses, pink hearts, pairs of champagne flutes and loads of other Valentines Day iconography ranging from the obscene to the tacky. For us however, it’s just another day. No it’s not because we’re the too-cool-for-school kids that shun romance. No it’s not because we’ve been travelling as a married couple. But simply because we’re both in love (and lust) with something that allows us to taste that romance, every single time. There’s something that always sends us hurtling head over heels. Travel. Regardless of whether you’re married, dating, heartbroken or happily single, if you’re travelling, you can have that beautiful feeling of falling in love all over again, again and again.
Why travelling is like falling in love.
You’re dying to discover more
There’s something about that someone new that is just so intriguing and exciting. You’re dying to get to know this person better, and no matter how much you learn, there’s always so much more to discover about each other. You want to know everything there is to know. With travel, every time we go someplace (whether it’s a new place or a revisit) we look at it with fresh eyes, diving right into the unfamiliar, trying to unravel its layers, and in turn that place drops its guard, revealing itself, little by little. For example, The Thing With Paris, is that she will always, always remain an enigma, no matter how much we discover.
You reveal that part of you nobody knew
When you’re just getting into a relationship with someone, you’re baring your soul. And that soul could be just about any side of you that others don’t normally see. Calling it a feeling of being reborn would be a stretch, but you know what I mean- that freedom to be who you truly are inside. The same is true of travel, when we’re in another place, where nobody knows us, we’re not afraid to be our true selves. We could be as silly or honest as we are, without being worried about being judged. We find it easier to strike up conversation and say what’s on our minds, which is probably why we found Friendship is the new travel currency. Sometimes, we end up revealing sides to ourselves even we didn’t know existed!
You’re willing to try new things
Falling in love pushes you out of your comfort zone. An adrenaline rush that gives you the confidence to do things you wouldn’t normally. Whether it’s because you want to impress that person, or you’re genuinely interesting in trying the new things that they introduce you to. As it is with travel. We’ve tried eating and cooking new cuisines, somewhat scary things like Chopper Rides over the 12 Apostles, Elephant Mahout Classes in Thailand, driving in a new country, jumping into the sea with dolphins or going snorkelling in a marine sanctuary shortly after learning to swim or picking up a few words of a new language; travel pushes the envelope and makes us try harder. And it never feels like work.
You look forward to every moment
You open your eyes with a smile and jump out of bed each morning with a renewed enthusiasm for what the day may bring. You’re looking forward to making the most of every waking moment with your loved one. Or with the destination you’re travelling through. No matter what time we’ve slept the previous night, we’re often up at the crack of dawn to go see that amazing sunrise, get started on a road trip, beat the lines at a museum, grab an incredible breakfast we read about online or simply stroll around the local neighbourhood. We don’t want to waste a single moment, and we’re constantly looking forward with delirious anticipation to what each morning, afternoon, evening and night will bring.
You see la vie en rose
When you’re falling in love, everything seems beautiful and perfect. You’re blind to the flaws, the shortcomings, the misgivings or at least more forgiving. When we travel, we’re relaxed and cut off from our daily chores. We rarely pay attention to the downsides. We’re usually in a great mood, romanticising everything about the place, its sights, people, food or culture. Ruins in Istanbul or Ayutthaya are beautifully melancholic, the crowded La Boqueria is vibrant, and Chinatowns all over the world are delicious. It’s all exotic and we’re gushing over it with everything we’ve got.
You remember every little detail
The object of your affection also becomes the subject of your obsession. You notice every little thing about them, you remember every little detail, even when you’re not there, your thoughts are always with them. When we’re travelling, we’re looking at every little thing, from the tiny streets that are etched in our mind, to the little customs and cultural traits, to every sight and attraction that we’ve explored. Which is why we can help plan your Paris Itinerary from mind, we remember the exact order of the tasting Menu at Tickets in Barcelona or Adaa in Hyderabad, every stop on Istanbul’s Bosphorus cruise, what kind of sand does each beach in Mauritius have and so much more. We’re perpetually flipping through a virtual scrap book or journal, obsessing over the memories, while we create new ones. (Of course, as travel bloggers, it’s great that we can channel this obsession into our travel blog for all the world to read).
So there you have it, decoded, how travelling is like falling in love. And just like with falling in love, there’s always fear, sometimes heartbreaks, rarely regrets, and always a tale to tell. Tell us, where did you last fall in love? What are the other things you feel while travelling?