Ever since lockdown was announced in England in March, life has changed for a lot of people. From day to day changes, like working from home and queuing to get into the supermarket, to more serious and quite frankly devastating changes. I’m so so lucky to have not experienced much change from this lockdown, but I’m so aware that this is not the case for everyone and I’m in a very fortunate position.
One thing lockdown has changed for me is my desire to travel. Today, I thought I’d write about this as an attempt to draw the positives out of what has been a negative situation for many. Hopefully this post will be read in a light-hearted manner and allow many of us to look to the future, when the world becomes a bit more normal again.
I’ve always felt like I’m in the minority with this, but I’ve never felt an overwhelming desire to travel like so many of my peers have. I never had that urge to work for a year for the sole purpose of saving up to travel. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to see the world, but I wanted to do it at my own pace and not all at once.
Lockdown seems to have changed that for me! I still don’t want to dedicate a whole year or so of my life (and thousands and thousands of pounds in one go) to travelling, but it has most certainly been significantly bumped up my list of priorities.
Something I keep wondering is why? Why, since lockdown, do I think about seeing the world, experiencing new cultures and cities all the time? Why do I just want to hop on a plane and spend hours upon hours immersed in a new place? Quite simply, on the surface I think it’s because I’m one of those people that instantly wants to do something as soon as they’re told they can’t. Anyone else?
A bit of a deeper reason is that for the first time in my life, as a 21 almost 22 year old graduate, I have built savings of my own money and I feel that I have the freedom to spend it on what I want. And maybe what I want is to see more than the place in which I grew up.
Also, lockdown has restricted everyone. I think it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t want to just get out of their house, when it’s safe and they feel comfortable, of course. I love my home comforts, but I don’t think I was made to stay in just one place my whole life. I’m itching to get out and about, to experience more things.
Looking even deeper, I know that as I get older, I’m going to have more and more responsibilities. I know I want a house and children, if I’m lucky enough to get what I want. Life by no means stops when that happens, but from what I understand, it makes certain things just that little bit harder for a while. I don’t know if it’s a subconscious worry, but the feeling of time being completely lost, months and months of nothing due to lockdown, I’ve become more aware of how I want to spend my youth; I’m so conscious of wasting complete freedom, energy and time.
We did have plans for a holiday to America this year, and of course, like so many millions of other people, we’ve had to cancel it. But now, I want small Europe trips, city breaks and UK staycations. I want to tick places off my bucket list; Edinburgh, Berlin, Ireland, Iceland.
I wanted to write out some of the places I want to go to hold myself accountable if I don’t act on this. I’m hoping my first trip will be a staycation – a roadtrip up the East coast of England, one night stay in Newcastle and stops at the beach and at Alnwick (so I can see some of Hogwarts of course) on the way to Edinburgh.
This has never been a travel blog, but I’m hoping that when travel restrictions have lifted, and I feel safe enough to move around, I’ll start featuring trips on here. What kinds of things would you like to read about?
What’s changed for you in lockdown? Do you feel a stronger desire to travel now like me? Let me know in the comments.