Well, that’s a loaded question! Whether you may be a seasoned traveler or a newbie, traveling has certain feelings it can pull from you that you may have never experienced before. We’re not experts on feelings, so we are only basing this off of our own experience. Although, we would say that we’re pretty emotional people who are well connected to our more sensitive side, and as we travel more around different cities and different countries, we are slowly learning that each new experience can be characterized by a feeling we’ve experienced before but would never associate with traveling.
This one is pretty obvious. Most people, if not everyone, feels excited when they’re preparing for a trip anywhere! The feeling of “getting away” for a while and experiencing something different makes us excited to start exploring and adventuring through the new city we’ll be in or the new country. There’s excitement to see the one tourist attraction we’ve been reading about, excitement to try the famous food the area has to offer, excitement to maybe meet new people and make new friends! Excitement is normal and one of the best feelings to have while traveling!
Alright, this might be coming from one side of the Map It team, because sometimes I have anxiety while I travel (Cassandra speaking here). I’m going to call it “traveler’s anxiety”, which is the feeling I get when we are about to leave and lock up the door to embark on our trip and that’s when the anxiety kicks in. I start feeling nervous that I’ve forgotten something important, that I could miss my flight, or that I could just lose everything and be totally lost. Most of the time, this never happens to me; except for that one time I forgot my passport in the south of Spain (5 hours away from Madrid) and I realized the night before my flight home to the States for Christmas. That’s another story I’ll have to tell y’all later.
The anxiety I have is usually eased after we arrive in our destination with everything going smoothly! The other half of the Map It team isn’t as anxious (Mario). He helps keep things calm and does all of the main checks before we leave while I take care of tiny details, like making sure we have some snacks, cleaning up the house so when we return it isn’t too crazy, or extra jackets just in case!
There have been many times when we’ve taken a trip and had an expectation of what we thought the area was going to be like. We’ve taken trips together and separately to the same area and one of us absolutely loved it and the other enjoyed it, but doesn’t love it in the same way. Surprise is definitely a normal emotion to feel while traveling, as well, especially when you finally are able to visit a place that you’ve been dreaming about and searching images of on Pinterest or Google. This could be a place that you’ve seen so many other travel bloggers rave about and how beautiful the area was and how much THEY enjoyed it, but the reality is, each traveler experiences a place in a different way. Learning that was definitely a surprise to us.
We have visited places where we were surprised we didn’t really love it as much as we thought we would and as much as all of our friends told us. We’ve visited places where we weren’t sure if we would like it and later on fell in love with it and wished to return again. This is one of our favorite parts about travel, the surprise we receive each and every time we enter a new and foreign city or country with new things to learn and explore.
Is adrenaline an emotion? We’re not entirely sure, but we’re deeming it as one today. The adrenaline we feel while traveling is what fuels us and keeps us coming back for more! Take a rollercoaster for example (this being that you like rollercoasters!), the initial feeling is excitement as you’re waiting in line to go on the ride, the next feeling is anxiety as you sit in your seat waiting for the rollercoaster to start quickly or the anxiety of climbing to the top of the big hill and waiting to rush down, the next feeling is probably surprise while you’re going through the ride, and the last is adrenaline. The adrenaline is what keeps you coming back for more rollercoasters, and that’s exactly how we feel while we travel! It’s the excitement, anxiety and surprises that make the adrenaline rush so fulfilling that refuels our excitement to plan the next trip as soon as we come back from one.
We're both stimulated in amazing ways, with tastes, sounds, smells, when we choose to go to a place that is different than our normal day routine. The adrenaline of meeting people along the way, sharing interesting conversations, or meeting locals who share the secrets of their history/town/recipes is what makes us keep planning trips. We just can't get enough!
So, does that answer your question on what does traveling feel like? What does traveling feel like for you? Tell us in the comments below. If you’re ready to feel all of these kind of scary but totally worth-it emotions, don’t hesitate to contact us, so we can help you plan your next adrenaline induced adventure! Don’t worry, nothing dangerous will be involved!