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As the title suggests, I’ve been thinking about travel a lot recently. Not many people in my professional and blogging lives know that I have a degree in French and Arabic and, on finding out, many are even more surprised to learn that I never intended to use either language after graduation. In fact, the opposite was true because I wanted at least a short break from them after four years of using both day in and day out.
That’s not to say the linguist in me isn’t still there and doesn’t stir her head occasionally. I love learning languages – and one of my main reasons for not choosing a language-heavy career was because I wanted it to stay that way – and that love comes from an interest in understanding other people and the way that they live. I chose to study Arabic because I wanted to spend a year in the Middle East and get to know the culture and people of the region, not because I wanted to go into a career where I would be speaking Arabic every day.
So where am I going with all this??
Well, all this travel rambling is leading up to some big(ish) news….
I started a travel blog!
It’s still very much in its infancy, but I’m already having so much fun putting it together that I couldn’t wait to share it with you.
You may know that I already run several websites but here’s a little secret barely anyone knows about me: Alajode wsn’t my first blog. It’s my oldest live blog but it wasn’t my first ever blog.
My first blog was in fact a travel blog that I wrote during the year I lived in Jordan. It still exists in a deep, dark corner of the interwebs because I couldn’t bear to delete it and all the memories it contains, but it’s now hiding away behind password protection and exists purely for my own nostalgia.
Some of the posts from that blog will almost certainly be revived on the new blog, but will be reworked for an audience than myself and my family.
So why am I starting a new travel blog?
If I’m completely honest with you (and myself!), travel is one of my favourite things in the whole world but I’ve been putting it on the back-burner for a couple of years. I’m turning 25 this year and it kind of hit me that I’ll probably never be this free again – at least, not for several decades.
When I go travelling, I enjoy it and fall in love with exploring all over again, but life got busy after graduation and travel got pushed to a side as I tried to make sense of adult life. And I guess it just kind of slipped my mind. The main reason I went to Cologne in April – and also one of the main pushes behind starting the blog – was because I realised it had been almost a year since I’d left the country. That may not sound like a long time to some people, but to me it was a kind of scary thought.
A couple of the people I’ve told have asked me why I didn’t just make travel a more prominent part of Alajode. The reason? I really want to make the effort to travel more and the only way to do that was to give it as much attention as possible.
And so I’ve decided to make travel a priority again.
You know how once you become familiar with something or start thinking abut it more, it starts popping up all over the place? Travel has been that ‘something’ for me over the past couple of months – first when I met a bunch of incredible travel bloggers at Blognix and it seems to be everywhere since.
(The pictures in this post are all from Nica’s AW16 collection, which is based on…. You guessed it! Travel. See what I mean about it popping up all over the place? It’s definitely one to keep an eye out for – they look so much more expensive than they will be!)
The past couple of months have been a whirl of incidences that have reignited my love for travel and this new blog is my way of making sure I don’t let those dreams die again. I hope it will inspire everyone who reads it to keep their own travel dreams alive and make a little more time for the things that enrich their lives – whether that means a spontaneous weekend away, a well-deserved treat to visit that one place they’ve always wanted to go or even just spending an afternoon really exploring their local area.
For some reason, it’s not always easy to make time for the things we love most. Work gets busy, routine gets comfortable and we tell ourselves that there’s always tomorrow. And while it may be true that we could start tomorrow, wouldn’t it be great to take that first step today?
What one thing are you going to make more time for?