Wednesday, 27 April 2011

India! It's set in India!



There's a feeling inside me which has grown over the past few months. It started off being a mildly intrusive fantasy, an idea I could daydream about when I was having a bad day. I could ignore it by distraction. These days, with the pressures of working, my placements, post-university anxieties and living in a city by myself when everyone I know and love is back home... it gets to you I must admit.

All I've been thinking about the past week or so is that I did not choose this life. It sounds so dramatic written down there, but it's true. Does anyone else feel like they've somehow fallen into this corner which, though they're happy on a day-to-day basis, you're just not living the life you wanted?

I would rather be travelling.
Most DEFINITELY.
Sources 1 - 2 - 3

And until I can be, I'll be googling it like mad, and looking back over photos of China and the Cook Islands and Venezuela, to days skipping across the country with no thought other than what road I'd take next. If only we had this freedom.

1. Inside the Forbidden City, Beijing, with Liam
2. Swimming in crystal clear waters off Rarotonga's coast, the Cook Islands
3. Playing with kids in a small village community on the banks of the Orinoco River, Venezuela

I've done all of these things before I hit my twenties and although I know I am so lucky to have even had the chance, it has only fuelled my desire more to get out into our wide world and do some more exploring.

Given the opportunity, and the release, what would you be doing tomorrow? xox

P.S. I'm going home now for Easter (finally, and a little belated) so posts may be sporadic over the next few days. Keep on dreaming people.

22 comments:

  1. I know exactly how you feel! i've been working my butt off lately and i cant wait for things to settle down and do what i WANT instead of doing what i HAVE to do, working, paying bills.. its all so exhausting! hang in there girl!

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  2. These photos made me smile loads! How amazing is the Forbidden City?! China has to be one of the best places I have ever been to, I'm always surprised people don't visit more.
    I've never been to South America but would love to go. I love how happy you look in all the photos :)

    ps. Are you free for the Newcastle meetup? We can be roomies?!xx

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  3. I know exactly how you feel!! I'm in the last four weeks of sixth form, and I just cannot wait to leave school and go traveling, especially after seeing your photos! Also, you look so pretty in all these pictures, you have just the loveliest smile in all of them!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

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  4. Flying to Los Angeles and living in the city for a while. If I get bored I'll go to New York. Then when I fancy a change I'll head to Paris. Fed up of France? London. And when London gets dull I'll head back to Los Angeles and start the whole trip over again!

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  5. Oh geez, if you get me started on traveling you will actually find yourself with an essay length comment. And I know I've only just got back from some AMAZING places but I can't settle, it feels so weird to be sat at home and I despise the thought of getting back into the old routine of work and life. Travelling is most definitely where I'd rather be.... if money grew on trees hey? Now if I could go anywhere tomorrow where would it be? Prague, definitely it's next on my 'to-go' list and hopefully we're planning a long weekend there for this time next year. Where would you go? One place, anywhere, tomorrow?

    L x

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  6. I am so desperate to go travelling again and seeing your picture of the forbidden city brings back many memories. my 3 months in SE Asia were so amazing and I really want to go back. Ideally I want to take a whole year off to visit India, Nepal, SE Asia (again), Japan and South America. There is nothing like having the time to do what you want, go to new places, meet new people, try new things and eat new food. For me, travelling is the ultimate bliss =)

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  7. I would go travelling in a heartbeat if I could. I love exploring new countries and cultures. I agree: I would love the freedom to just go out and follow any road.
    All your travels look like so much fun.

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  8. gap yah! I went to NZ and I loved it but travelling and staying in hostels etc is not for me at all! I need a clean shower and straighteners haha, I'm useless.
    You know what, I've been all over the world and I never even been to Scotland. I would love to do a tour of the UK and visit all the major cities and national parks. SO much on our doorstep.
    xx

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  9. that's really exciting i feel the same to be honest, im very happy in life but i always wonder what could have been if i made different decisions ect. well i know the darjeeling limited makes me quite excited about indian, i really love that film

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  10. I think my backpacking days are over but I totally get you about just getting away from the humdrum of responsibilities and accepted ideas about how life should be. If it was me right now (money no object) I'd be off to Paris to start with, before considering some more exotic locations... I'd love to go back to Peru, for example - def one for your list as you've done Venezuela!

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  11. I agree totally with this, I've spent the past few years travelling before I turned 20 and now i'm back in one place all i want to do is go back to seeing the world! it's so hard once you've got a taste of it to not keep doing it... x

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  12. Oh gosh, i think if i had no commitments, travelling would definitely be on the wish list- i've never really travelled properly before, but there must be soemthing so freeing about it, and i'd love to absorb all of the exciting cultures. gah, as soon as i have money and/or people to go with, i really want to venture the world! x

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  13. what a lovely post! the picture of you with the kids is just adorable. id love to travel and visit my family all over the world! xx

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  14. Yey India! I want to go back. I want to have adventures and no responsibilities and lots of money. I want to live in exciting places. I don't want to slave away at unpaid placements for jobs I don't even know that I'd love while I have to work evenings and weekends to pay for them... Now I feel sad. And I have to go write more of my dissertation. Boo. x

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  15. i would love to go travelling, but i haven't the money - what is this madness?? i want to go to all these places, just to see the world, and how others live. xo

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  16. Travelling most certainly, taking pictures of all the worlds hidden beauty and treasures. I really, really want to do it. I hope I have enough money before kids to do it. I was thinking a 3-6 month honeymoon of travelling the world would be amazing!! xxx

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  17. These photos are fab, you look so happy! I would love to be with my friends tomorrow :)

    Maria xxx

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  18. I am most absolutely with you on that one. Especially now that I'm about to graduate, I feel like I'm at a crossroads. What to do with myself is the question and tomorrow, I'd rather be heading on a plain on my way to either Bali or Thailand. A girl can dream right. hahahha

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  19. beautiful photos!! and im feeling the same way,, about the traveling.. i would pretty much most always rather be traveling! it makes me feel so alive! ha .. but serious...
    xoxo

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  20. youve spoken my mind here honey, i feel slightly lost and without direction right now too. travelling would be amazing, i really miss it so much and am always thinking about when we went overseas and the amazing times. take me baaaack

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  21. I know exactly how you feel! If I had my way, I'd be living in Berlin being an artist and making nice drawings and paintings and jewellery, but in reality I live in scummy Glasgow and I make dentures for a living. My plan is to work my ass off and save money until I can make my dream come true!

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  22. I know exactly what you mean. I've been lucky enough to travel in Australia and New Zealand in my gap year and then South East Asia a few years later. I always said that India would be next but it's looking less and leas likely. With my boyfriend being tied down in a job, and neither of us having any money, what could be a wicked year post-uni of travelling and seeing sights is slowing turning into a 9-5 nightmare... One day I'll get to India though. Xx

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