My advice for aspiring writers is go to New York. And if you can’t go to New York, go to the place that represents New York to you, where the standards for writing are high, there are other people who share your dreams, and where you can talk, talk, talk about your interests. Writing books begins in talking about it, like most human projects, and in being close to those who have already done what you propose to do. – Walter Kirn
What does it mean to travel?
make a journey, typically of some length.“the vessel had been travelling from Libya to Ireland”
Fairly simple explanation. Of course, there are many different definitions of travel, but they all boil down to the same thing. The thing about travelling for me is the excitement beforehand.
The anticipation of leaving the country you live in and exploring a whole new part of the world you’ve never been to before. The build up is what really gets me going – the planning of where to visit, the packing, the organising, the endless Tripadvisor visits you make to make sure you get the best out of your trip.
The endless chatter you make with friends and coworkers about where you’re going, and hoping you don’t sound too boastful.
Then it’s the flying. The arriving at an airport filled with dozens of people also going away. The excited families with children running around. Of course, you’ve got to love the duty free shopping. Nothing beats duty free shopping – unless you’re shopping and someone else is paying for you. I think this Love Actually quote is the best when it comes to airports:
“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.”
When you arrive in this new place, it gets even more exciting. You have to deal with people that are most likely different to people you’ve encountered in your own country. It’s whole new culture. It’s breathtaking and amazing and kind of scary, especially if you’re travelling alone.
Travelling is the best feeling in the world.
There are a lot of places that I’d love to travel to. Parts of South America, see more of Europe and Asia. I would love to visit Egypt and see the Pyramids, go Down Under and experience the most amazing food wherever I end up.
And well, I think I’ve rambled enough to finally get to the point of this post. You probably have an inkling already because of the quote at the beginning. It’s somewhere I’ve been wanting to visit for the longest time, and finally – finally – it’s happening. I’m going to New York in May, and I am going to have the greatest time of my life. I know it.
I feel like when you’ve lived in London for so long, you always get an urge to leave about every 6 months or so. London is great, don’t get me wrong, BUT unless you’re from another part of the UK and visiting London for the first time or the second time or whatever, then you get bored.
London is my hometown, and well I think it’s safe to say that everyone needs to escape their hometown every now and then. And what better way to escape than to another great city that people love and adore. I’m sure New Yorkers probably feel the same way Londoners feel about London. I’m excited, though. I can barely contain my excitement.
There are so many things I’m looking forward to when I go to New York, these include and are not limited to:
- Doing all the touristy stuff – Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Times Square; you know the drill
- Seeing my family whom I haven’t seen in donkey’s years
- Shopping – I’ve heard shopping in New York is a whole different ball game. I need to mentally and physically prepare myself
- Perfecting my Noo Yawk accent
- DID I MENTION FOOD?!
Mutay will be joining me on this trip, but she’s heading to Washington, D.C. first. It will be my first time travelling completely alone, so I am slightly nervous. I do think that I’ve been on enough holidays to make it through with no harm done. Hopefully I don’t get stopped by US Customs for trying to bring something that I didn’t know was allowed. :F
It would be stretch, but if anyone is in or around the Brooklyn area then you should come and see me! I know a lot of you are in different states, and it it’s easy, then would love to see you guys, too.
Honestly, I probably won’t stop going on about this trip for the next few posts. Can you blame me?
101 days to go