It is the time of the year again when your social media news feeds are flooded with sweet nothings, romantic couple images, and even selfies with a bouquet, chocolates, cards, and bears. It’s the time of the year again where everyone would feel like hugging and nuzzling their lovers. It’s the time of the year that even singles come out to share love and feel loved even more than couples do. It’s just a day. But, it’s a day that love’s profoundness is commemorated. However, not all share the same views when it comes to celebrating love on a particular day as Valentine’s Day. Not that they are too casual to shun their loving feeling away. They are just too in love with something that allows them to experience romance every time they get the chance. There’s just something that makes them fall in love over and over again.
Because they believe that regardless of their status in life; married, exclusively dating, mending a broken heart, or happily single, they can gain that exquisite feeling of falling in love a million times over by traveling.
So, Why Traveling is a Lot like Falling in Love?
- Your longing to discover more is heightened
There’s always something about that someone you fall in love with that’s fascinating and exhilarating. You want to get to know the person on a deeper level and yet, no matter how much you know about the person, there will always be more to discover that thrills. You just wake up in a trance wanting to know everything there is to learn about the person. In traveling, every time you go somewhere, unconsciously, you look at it just the same way. You are driven. When you go to some place, correspondingly you dive into the unfamiliar and each step you take only gets you a step closer to unraveling its beauty. In return, the place slowly reveals itself to you. However, you yearn to discover more about it because even if you might just be re-visiting the place, you’ll realize that there will always be more to it to discover, explore, and experience.
2. You make sacrifices selflessly
You realize that you just can’t have everything. There are things that you will have to sacrifice at some point. You tend to set your priorities in order. You may no longer seem to be the person that you used to be — but you’re fine with it anyway. You learn to adjust and compromise with the person you fell in love with. You don’t recount on the issues in between you two but you tend to trust the person more than the blossoming relationship. In traveling, you are forced to make a lot of sacrifices too. You cannot predict what happens on the road. Thus, you work your way to deal with every situation as it is, however it’s good or bad. You defy the odds that comes your way. You try to twist negative encounters with a fellow to something positive no matter what. On the road, you tend to be flexible in every situation. Thus, you always come glorious even during misadventures. You treat it like a life lesson you carry with you all through your next travels. You just adjust and learn to compromise, you become bolder, stronger and forgiving too.
3. You forget your reservations
Falling in love with someone could be scary too. No matter how long you know the person does not give any assurance of security. But, because you intend to be open to the person as you fall deeply in love, you put your guards down and let yourself get through your own inhibitions. Just like in traveling, allowing yourself to go out there puts you in an implausible amount of pressure. At times you tend to also feel burdened trying your best to make sure that things during each travels go smoothly as planned. But, once you’re in it, you tend to overlook your dilemmas and set aside your doubts. What’s important is that you’re there, enjoying the ride, and is terrifically ready for it no matter what happens in between.
4. You accept the good and the bad
The more you get to know the person you just fell in love with, you find yourself falling in love even more. Learning about their dark past, sad story, and heavy luggage doesn’t change it. You learn to embrace them and even end up loving their flaws too. In traveling, misadventures are inevitable. However, you know how to handle every bad situation you encounter. You just accept it and treat it like a whole new experience to learn from.
5. You divulge that part of you that nobody knows
When you’re just starting to get into a relationship, little by little you bare your soul. That soul may just be about that side of you that others don’t know of. You can just be the person that you are with this person, comfortably. The same is true when it comes to traveling. When you’re new in a place, you tend to not be afraid to show and represent yourself. You could be as silly without worrying to be judged. You tend to find how it’s easier to even start up a conversation and say what’s on your mind. It’s even amusing how to end up revealing this side of you that you don’t even know existed.
6. You are inspired and motivated
Falling in love can be a great source of inspiration and motivation. Sometimes, you can picture a life with the person you fell in love with and that keeps you feeling good while doing your thing. You may find yourselves working on a common goal too. It keeps you both interested in keeping your growing relationship because you see that you’re good for each other. Traveling is a lot like that too. It can bring out the best in you in many ways. It could also be a great source of inspiration and motivation. You’ll find yourself working hard to save for a travel fund and find yourself realizing your travel plan anytime soon. You’ll want to work even harder, become better and, if possible, be more at everything. Because you think that it will make you fully equipped to deal with whatever is going to happen on the road. It matters to you to be a better person to share to the world and even a better person to share to your loved ones and friends when you get back home.
7. You want to try new things you never tried before
Falling in love could also mean falling in love with the differences you share with someone. Not required, but you tend to try to experience how it is with your special someone’s shoes. You tend to push yourself out of your comfort zone to understand the person you’re building a relationship with. There is essentially a reasonable rush of adrenaline that gives you confidence to do things you think you wouldn’t do ever. Not to impress them but to genuinely show your interest in them by trying to make your flourishing relationship work. In traveling, the urge in wanting to try new things is unbelievable. You just can’t get enough of anything. A new skill could open a door to another which pushes you to continuously try and learn another. Thus, trying becomes unending and so does traveling, as a huge venue to learning new things.
8. It is painful when it’s over
Falling in love entails a lot of risks. You’re love may not be reciprocated. You’re blossoming relationship may not last. And it will hurt. It will hurt tremendously that you may no longer want to gamble in love anymore. It’s the same with traveling, when time is up and it’s time to go home, you’ll find yourself wanting to stay a little longer. It saddens you that a trip is over especially when you eyed to visit the place too long. However, in traveling, there is just no moving on. You can just keep coming back and plan for more adventures.
9. You look forward each to moment
You wake up with a smile and jump out of bed enthusiastically. You are positive about what the day has to offer. You simply just look forward to making the day even more worthwhile with your special someone or with the destination you’re heading to. No matter how yesterday’s may be tough, you actively wake up at dawn to watch out for the amazing sunrise, start on the trip early, beat the traffic, grab a sumptuous breakfast on the way, dare to experience, and yet, completely understand that misadventures are inherent. However, you look forward and anticipate a good day, anyway.
10. It leaves a mark in your life forever
No matter how short or long the relationship would last, you know that it will always be a part of you. You know that some time in the future, you will remember the person. It could make you smile, it could make you sad, but, nevertheless, it will remind you of a lesson and you will only be grateful that you went through it and became the person that you are at the present. Just like in traveling, a destination can provide you a good view of how to see things differently. Whatever kind of memories you bring with you after a travel, you only end up being thankful that once in your life, you went through an experience that changed the way you see things and there’s nothing going to be like it.
11. You see and appreciate how the earth could get colorful, not gray
Everything just seems to be perfectly beautiful and faultless, when you fall in love. You can overlook the flaws, the shortcomings, and doubts. The same goes with traveling too. You just tend to be relaxed and be at peace. You just don’t pay attention to the downsides but look into it in a positive perspective no matter how ugly it could possibly get. You just stay in a good mood, romanticizing everything the place has to offer, and seizing the moment without regrets but only good memories to treasure.
12. You can’t get enough
When you fall in love, every waking day seems like a moment to date and to exchange sweet nothings. You will find yourself having more sense of purpose. Your existence must now include loving and professing love continuously. The experience will make your heart skip a beat and everything you do will seem to revolve around it. It’s a mixture of different emotions that you only find yourself craving for more. A day or two may not be enough. You have to see the person you fell in love with as often as you feel like it. In traveling, you will never get enough too. A place couldn’t just be a place for you. You will find yourself wanting to experience some more. You will be filled with captured images but at some point, it will never be enough to describe your whole experience. Because the best storyteller will always be you who have experienced coming to a somewhere first hand.
13. You don’t miss every detail no matter how little they are
When you fall gradually in love, you get to know the person bit by bit too. You just don’t miss a single little detail about them. It liberates you to know them all. Because somehow, it becomes a validation of how deeply you know the person you’re in love with. Just like in traveling, you tend to look at every little thing too, you’re very observant; from how each city run their streets, to their customs and traits, to every attraction that you come to explore. That’s why most travelers on record are great storytellers too because they are keen to observe and can readily notice anything.
14. You do anything to make it worthwhile
You stay calm but try your hardest to make the growing relationship stable and exciting at the same time. You may not be sure where it leads you two but because you invested in genuine feelings and emotions, you simply try your best to make it work to last, somehow. Just like in traveling, you know it always comes with a risk but what would enjoyment mean when you don’t go through all the difficulties on the road?
So there you have it, deciphered, how traveling is a lot like falling in love. And just like with falling in love, you may also fear, experience heartbreaks, rare little regrets, have lessons learned, and always a story to tell. Do you agree with us by saying that falling in love is a lot like traveling? How beautiful it is to love. Yet, how even beautiful it is to travel for some. What’s your take? Spread the love. Travel lots!