I’m a travelholic

2nd June 2015

Where I've travel to, with Been

In case you haven’t noticed, I love to travel.

Travel is my passion. Not a day goes by when I don’t dream about my next adventure, or take a look at my travel bucket list on Pinterest. It’s an addiction.

My first venture abroad was when I was 3 years old, and the five of us (my mum, dad and two brothers) travelled to Menorca. Surprisingly, I do remember this holiday. I mean, I remember the strangest spinets of the trip, like going to Burger King, the children’s disco that I loved, and my dad being picked out of the audience by a magician, but they’re still memories.

Since then I have been to mainland Spain, Majorca, France, Portugal, Cyprus, Egypt, Rhodes (Greece), Belgium, Jordan, Corsica, Italy, Vatican City and the United States of America. And next week I’ll be able to add Monaco to the list.

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St Augustine

The map above was created using the app been, and according to this I’ve travelled 5% of the world. Of course, I haven’t explored every square kilometre of each country (notice how I haven’t even visited Scotland!), and so really I’ve only seen a teeny tiny proportion of the world. It’s weird when you look at it from that perspective.

The potential for more exploration excites me greatly. Every time I book another trip I get a real buzz of excitement, especially if it’s somewhere new for me. Nothing beats the feeling of catching a flight to unknown territories and discovering what each country has to offer.

I believe that blogging has helped me to embrace travel even more. I look forward to bringing back stories and photographs to share with you on the blog, and to give advice and tips for anyone else with wanderlust.

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Unknown

Admittedly, travel is expensive, but one thing I’ve learnt in life is that if you really want something then you have to prioritise and make sacrifices. I have made decision to help me save money especially for travel, some of which I wrote about in this post.

Passing on that night out, or not buying that coffee from Costa, or choosing not to upgrade my phone. All of these were choices I made for financial reasons, in hope that it would leave me with more money to travel. I guess I see travel as an investment.

I’m grateful to my parents for starting me travelling so young, and now I’m carrying on with the passion that they instilled in me. They taught me that you don’t have to earn lots of money to travel. It’s about prioritising.

So, go and travel. If you want it enough you will do what ever it takes to save the money and buy that trip. In the meantime, explore your home town and local area, and enjoy the culture that surrounds you already. Plan trips. Dream over destinations. Then go!

Hi, I’m Holly and I’m a travelholic.

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  1. Michelle

    Unfortunately, I’m a big homebody, but I have traveled to my dad’s country of El Salvador twice and loved it each time. I would love to go back one day, just because of the beach and family! Also, I love hearing travel stories. I’m glad that you travel. I find it refreshing that you have all sorts of experiences and memories.

  2. Love the map, I hope the orange parts will take over in the next few years x

  3. I love traveling and though I have never traveled outside my country, I have seen many many places here in India.
    Actually, I am glad India is such a vast country that visiting each and every corner of this country takes many years.

    My dream is to visit all the beautiful places in the world.

    The places that I would like to visit next in India are : Kerala, Darjeeling and Rann of Kutchch

  4. I, too, want to travel more, but I am not fond of riding aeroplanes X___X; I can tolerate it for about six hours, but more than that, I’d go nuts. That’s why I’ve no problems travelling to Japan, which is two hours from here, but I haven’t really ventured out farther because of my dislike of long flights and because of financial reason. Then again, I don’t mind travelling to Japan constantly because it is my happy place, and Japan has so many areas I want to see. I think my next trek there will be up somewhere in Hokkaido!

    Japan aside, I also want to go to Nepal, Mongolia, and Uzbekistan, and I do want to make my way to Europe, UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand in the future :D

    • Holly

      I can totally relate to this. I’m not a confident flyer myself, even though I fly several times a year. I managed the 7 hour flight to New York this year but I was uncomfortable and desperate to get off the plane!

      Honestly, Europe is worth the flight! And then once you are in Europe you can just get the train everywhere to save flying too much.

  5. Wow, you’ve been to quite a few places! I really wished I traveled more when I was younger. Ironically now that I have the financial means to travel the world, I don’t have the time :( My husband and I have made it a goal to visit at least 1 new country a year, so we’ll see how that goes. This year it’s England and France!

    • Holly

      It’s always the way, isn’t it! It will be the same situation for me when I get a job. But I hope to make the most of my weeks off and travel when ever I can.

      You should make a trip up to Liverpool when you’re in England. It’s worth a visit. ;)

  6. Cat

    You’ve been to many places! I think it’s nice to be passionate about traveling. It can be pricey, but it lets you see new places and cultures :)

    My first trip abroad was to China when I was 11, and then I went back two more times. I have a love/hate relationship with traveling. I like seeing new places, and there’s been a few that I want to go back to over and over. I’ve pretty much fallen in love with Hawaii and Japan. But, traveling can be kind of tiring and stressful to plan! Sometimes I feel like I need a vacation from my vacation, haha. I hope to see New Zealand and Iceland some time!

    • Holly

      I definitely felt like I needed a holiday to get over my trip to New York earlier in the year. I don’t think my next holiday will be that relaxing as we will be going on excursions most days, but I’ll try!

      I’d love to visit Iceland too!