Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Wanting to Travel



I've recently watched Dara and Ed's Great Big Adventure, a three part TV show where two comedians, Dara O'Briain and Ed Byrne, drive along the Pan-American highway for 4,000 miles, from Arizona to Panama, and going through all kinds of experiences on the way, from being wrestled by a Mexican wrestler, to eating iguana.

I found it all really interesting and enjoyable, and taught me a good deal about a part of the world that I have to confess I have extremely little knowledge about, and it did make me think more about travelling.  I haven't travelled a great deal, but I'd like to one day.

What makes people travel?  Exploration?  Broadening ones horizons?  New experiences?  Perhaps challenging oneself?  It's curious, and I do find it funny how people like to go away on holiday (and I include myself on this) yet they want most of the creature comforts from home - many years back I went to Majorca, and one of the bars I passed was set out as a "traditional British pub", serving pints of Tetleys Bitter, playing Only Fools and Horses on the TV, you could order a Sunday carvery, all that sort of thing.  And it certainly wasn't empty.

Dara and Ed's adventure looked great, and it made me think of a blog I found a while back (which annoyingly I can't find now) where a couple packed up their life in Vancouver, and drove across Canada to Nova Scotia, sleeping in their car - I think that they had an estate car, and basically stuck a mattress in the back.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on travelling - do you travel or not?  And why?  Where would you like to go - Europe and North America are top of my list!

I've surprisingly somehow managed to vaguely link this to a video I've just published on the Travelling Book Project - if you're not aware what the project is, watch the video, or pop over to the project website at http://www.travellingbook.eu/



4 comments:

  1. I haven't traveled much in my life but I have been working on the wife to let me get a Winnebago for when we retire. I want to be one of those old fools with the map of the United States on the back of the thing with all the states we visited colored in :)

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    1. That sounds great Jeremy, I'd love to do that when we retire :)

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  2. I love to travel! That's why I'm getting impatient as this summer I haven't booked any tickets yet.

    If money is not a problem, I'd like to visit Europe (Paris, Italy, London, etc.). I've seen so many great photos that are so surreal. I'd love to see them myself.

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    1. It's really interesting what people like - I live in the UK and it's absolutely fine (I love to visit London, and Paris is my all-time favourite place ever) but if money was no object it'd be North America :)

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