Day 35 – Things to look forward to and a moment to look back
Today marks 70 years since the D-Day landings in Normandy and leaves the world united to remember those who fought for their country and those who unfortunately lost their lives…
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Today is a day to remember and a day to look back in awe of all those who went above and beyond what is expected from daily life. I do not know and I cannot imagine the thoughts that must have past through their minds on that day, but I do know that those thoughts and their actions are remembered and that is how it must always be.
I ask you to pause and remember the bravery of each and every soldier past, present and future. I also dedicate this post to my Pop Robert who, although not at the D-Day landings, fought his own battles during the Second World War. For that I am eternally proud.
Now I introduce to you the second half of this post, one that returns to my normal writing topic and explores why I think that Travel is good for the soul.
Before this week started my dreams of going to Chile were just that, dreams, but finally after a long week at work I have the start of what I hope will be my best trip yet. That’s right I went and booked the flights to Chile and at the same time flights to Easter Island. I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy spending money! I jet off in September so I am lucky enough to enjoy the British Summer whilst earning money, avoid the Chilean winter and arrive when Spring has sprung. It’s all very exciting.
As I sit staring out my window it’s a beautiful sunny evening in the UK, a little breezy but sunny and warm which makes a great change from the dreary weather we’ve had so much of this year, I sit back and let my mind wander over the Atlantic Ocean all the way to Chile and to Easter Island. It’s quite unbelievable that I’ve managed to finally find the time to do the trip that I’ve wanted to do for the last four years and be lucky enough to have my two favourite chicas chilenas accompany me.
But, naturally, it’s got me thinking and looking back on previous trips and what were the highs and lows, what parts were set to be amazing and flunked at the last minute, the sunburn, the cold nights, the adrenaline, yet most importantly the memories that travel leaves us and the way that it allows us to visit all the places we’ve been to again and again just by letting our minds run back, looking at the photos or talking to friends who we shared those experiences with. Travel provides a sense of freedom, mixed up with a lot of excitement and a splash of fear, fear and excitement of the unknown. But even though we go through a roller coaster of emotions travel really is good for the soul.
Travel is the one thing in the world that makes us poorer but at the exact same time it makes us richer, the knowledge of cultures and places, people, new foods. You don’t even have to go far to discover something new or a culture different to your own. Up and down every country cultures differ and so does the food, we know that food is good for the soul, but so is travel, it takes more effort and more time than cooking or eating out, but the benefits are greater, that feeling of having accomplished something, be it as small as ordering coffee in a foreign language to hiking higher than you ever have before, it’s the feeling of no matter where you are, what you’re doing or who you’re with you’re happy, happy to be alive and discovering new places every day, trying foods you never knew existed and trying to speak languages without much to go on.
Then, you find yourself pining after it all when you get back home, your life full of wanderlust and travel magazines. But don’t be fooled, when you find this happening every day and you feel like you have to get away to anywhere to just be and discover new things, you will realise that yes dear reader, you have caught the travel bug and I’m afraid to tell you…there is no cure.