“Surely you don’t get excited about going on holiday at your age?”

The words weren’t directed at me, thankfully (surely I’m not old enough for people to say things like that yet!). Thomas’ brother Dougie read them out from a text message he received. He was staying at our house before flying out to Spain for a week in the sun the next day and his friend had just sent him that delightful message.

Did he really think Dougie shouldn’t be feeling excited about his holiday just because he’s not a child or teenager? Why would he want to make Dougie feel silly for getting excited about a trip?

Why should we have to stop getting excited about things just because we’re older? Why should we have to play it cool and take it in our stride? What’s wrong with a little bit of excitement?

Travel is one of my most favourite things in life. I love everything about it. I love planning, booking accommodation, researching what to do and where to eat, packing and all of the other seemingly mundane elements of travel. I get caught up in it all and it all adds to the excitement for me.

Travel is an escape. It’s a break from the every day and from routine. It’s something to look forward to when you’re having a bad day and something to look back on fondly once it’s over.
excited about travel

I vividly remember as a child being unable to sleep the night before we went on holiday. I had such fantastic holidays as a child thanks to my amazing parents. I think I have them to thank for my love of travel!

Nowadays I don’t (usually) get so excited about travel that I can’t sleep, unless it’s a really big and exciting trip. I do definitely get excited though. Excited to see a new place or rediscover an old one. Excited to hear different languages, meet new people, see new things and do things that aren’t part of my usual daily routine. I look forward to trying new foods, eating in nice restaurants and tasting local wines. To feeling the sun on my face, spending the entire plane journey devouring a book on my Kindle and spending time with the people I’m travelling with. 

excited about travel

As I’ve written before, travel is the best form of self-care for me. It makes me feel alive, energised, renewed, positive and happy. If travel makes me feel like that now, I don’t see how that’ll change in the future and the way it makes me feel is definitely exciting.  

I hope that I still get excited about travelling when I’m 30, 40, 50 and beyond.

There is so much about travel to get excited about, no matter what your age or what stage you’re at in life. It doesn’t matter where you’re going or how long for, there’s always something to look forward to.

Do you get excited about travel?