I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Travelling is good for you. No matter what’s going on in your life, travelling is what you need.
I started writing this post sat in seat 50C of a Etihad Airbus A-380 (for you plane nerds who are interested, it was beautiful!) My final destination is Sydney, some 30+ hours away.
I’m usually really good with travelling. I’ve travelled with friends and family and I’ve travelled alone a million times before (OK, so that’s a slight exaggeration but I can’t be far off that now!) Today has been different though and pretty manic.
I decided to pack this morning for two reasons. Firstly, because I always pack on the day I leave and secondly, because I knew if I packed any earlier I’d only end up unpacking and repacking again if I did it any earlier. I’d worked out a little timetable in my head of when I wanted to be packed by, when I wanted to get ready and what time I wanted to leave the house. Needless to say, I was running late at every stage.
For the second time this week, I forgot how small I am and tried to carry a bag the same size as me on my back. Luckily it’s not too heavy but it did make walking pretty difficult. The journey ahead of me is Heathrow to Abu Dhabi, then to Melbourne and finally Sydney. My connecting flight between Melbourne and Sydney is with a different airline so I have to collect my baggage and check it in again – if you could all message me to remind me that’d be great!
I love travelling, not just the bit where you get to explore your destination but the journey itself. The anticipation and the build up to your new adventure. More than anything else, the travelling part of any trip gives you time to unwind and time to sit back, forget about home and time to think about what you want to get from the trip which, for me is crucial. Every time I’ve been somewhere new, I’ve set myself goals whether it’s something straightforward like learning to ski in Zermatt or something a little deeper like learning about religion in Ghana.
Given recent “events” my goals for this trip are fairly simple: enjoy myself, relax, spend quality time with my family and to learn how to surf. I want to fill every single day to the brim with new adventures and people. I don’t want to lie-in; I want to run, do yoga on the beach, swim.
On the flight, I was sat next to an elderly couple (I always have to have an aisle seat to prevent having a meltdown of epic proportions) who had clearly flown numerous times. The guy was super excited about the plane as apparently Etihad have only just added it to their fleet (!!) Once the doors were shut and everyone had boarded the guy got up and moved to a seat about 6 rows back so that he could have a little extra leg room and that was it. He just left his wife next to me for the next 6 hours and 50 minutes and didn’t even come to say hi to her. Now I’m sure he had his reasons but I really hope my marriage isn’t like that in 50 years’ time.
The only other thing worth noting was a fat middle aged man who threw a toddler-like tantrum until he was given a row of four seats to himself (which apparently he had requested and had no idea why this hadn’t been arranged). I was considering doing the same myself but I didn’t want to leave the old lady on her own and I also didn’t want to look like an absolute nob like the fat guy did.
I’ll be doing a few posts throughout my stay but for now I need to figure out what day and time it is in Abu Dhabi and where my connecting flight departs from.