Travel Rant: Victim Of Travel Fever

“Is it time for your next trip?”
“It’s time to start packing!”
“Enjoy the sun, it’s time to travel?”

I am victim of advertising. How could I not book a trip when all these emails with crazier and crazier titles keep inspiring me to just leave? And in the end it’s not just these emails, it’s life as whole. When all you want to do is travel it’s easy to find ‘signs’ everywhere.

Someone speaks about New York with me right after I saw cheap flight deal there. I find abandoned travel brochure from bus stop. Somehow going to library, bookstore or shelf full of magazines means seeing travel themed magazines and books right away. I don’t even try but for some funny reason I always find myself standing in front of them. And then there is this blog. Every now and then I start to think that maybe, just maybe, I should stay at home this year and not travel anywhere. And then someone in comments tells me about new place or says a few inspiring words. I can’t stop.

Having soul full of wanderlust means you will see these signs everywhere. It’s like the world around you kept telling you to travel, travel and just travel. You may know about the phenomena of buying car and starting to see similar cars everywhere or getting a puppy and starting to see dogs everywhere you go. It’s same with travel.

Once you began traveling and you fall in love with it you start seeing indications to travel more everywhere you go. Even the smallest things come reasons to book your next trip and do something others would describe as crazy.

So, I am victim of travel fever. These adds in my email make me crazy. I am like alcoholic smelling the world’s finest wine. I keep staring these adds, these tempting title. Sometimes I even visit the travel websites and almost end up booking these trips. But I can’t. Not right now. Wait a week, maybe two, I keep telling myself. It’s like torture and I don’t know when I will break up. 

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Today’s post was just short thing I wrote after waking up too early. I am currently in the “how to be good enough for all these people reading my blog” phase because there is so many of you and writing is getting harder and harder. I will try my best (and try to finally write all those travel diaries I haven’t…) so please cope with me.

And like always I will now push this odd subject towards you. Have you ever felt like this? Have you ever been in situation where you can’t book a new trip even if you desperately need to? All comments are appreciated.

I hope you are having an amazing day!
With love,

Viivi Severina

Wild

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I read Cheryl Strayed’s Wild while in Japan and my mind was completely sold out. I have been planning long time hiking trip since then. Now I want to recommend this amazing story for you.

I remember perfectly the moment when I first encountered this book. Last autumn in my first night in Kyoto. I had been over month in Japan but had left safe Tokyo behind me and proceeded to new city and small hostel. You would say I felt lonely in the big kitchen all alone clock pointing 2 AM.

That’s when I found bookshelf full of different kind of stories. WILD the name draw my attention and after that I couldn’t drop this book. In the next two months I read it two times and my mind was never same than before. I need to go hiking alone for long time. The feeling doesn’t leave me.

The funny thing was how after reading Strayed’s book for first time I met bunch of different hikers. They all made my desire to hike even worse so now I have been planning the trip for next summer.  In two months this book come kind of like my bible –I’m just joking but really it has deep meaning for me- when I felt like giving up or going back home just looking the cover of this book did help.

So I owe thank you for Cheryl Strayed for inspiring me and that’s why I’m sharing this book with you. I hope someone else will find as much hope as I did from her story.

AUTHOR: CHERYL STRAYED
YEAR: 2012
GENRE: TRAVEL, HIKING, ADVENTURE, FINDING YOURSELF
PAGES: 315
COUNTRY: USA

 

PLOT:

After losing her mother everything in Cheryl Strayed’s life goes wrong. Her before close family starts withdraw and the lovely marriage with the man of her dreams turns to burden.

Then she starts hiking Pacific Crest Trail without any training in the middle of wild all alone over a thousand miles. It’s sounds like good idea and way to find yourself but soon Cheryl realizes how difficult hiking really is. However she never gives up.

While walking this young woman learns new things about herself, meets interesting new people and sees wonderful things in wild. In her memoir of her trip the readers can experience those things without leaving our safe homes.