I came across a quote by Leonardo da Vinci the other day, which I quite like: For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you long to return. I imagine it was likely referencing his own insatiable feeling of innovation, invention and free thought. For me, it resonates as a great metaphor for the unexplainable addictiveness of travel (like many other quotes so often scribbled on the walls of so many backpacker hostel common rooms); and especially evokes memories of my 14-month round the world trip. I remembered thinking to myself when I was out there on the road that I would come back as a changed person, perhaps more satisfied with the little things in our world, less stressed about money or social pressures to reach life milestones, with an insatiable appetite for learning and inspiration (and trying all kinds of new food). And I knew i’d forever want to do it all over again.
I returned home from my travels in mid-2013 and stumbled rather easily into a new job. So 2014 was supposed to be the year of saving, and organising Cindy’s permanent residency. Nevertheless, we still found a way to visit Indonesia, France, Belgium, Holland and Iceland throughout the year. Now that i’m engaged to a French girl, i’m looking forward to forming a close bond with France itself (which would mean, inevitably, lots of excursions to Europe) as well as having an encouraging motive to learn French.
So what will this year bring, in terms of travel? Like last year, it’s supposed to be a year of saving (as best as I can!). We’re planning a return trip to France in the second half of the year for sure. But our bucket list of the moment is forever overflowing with new ideas. New Zealand, Japan, China, Norway, Sweden, Croatia – we float these daydream destinations past each other all the time. In short, I have no solid travel plans. Who knows where you might end up!