I received an email from Emma informing me that this month’s
travel link-up topic was about our travel personalities at a very opportune moment. I’d just been talking to Rich about how wedding planning had completely eclipsed our honeymoon planning, and how disorganised I was feeling.
Luckily, Mr Sunshine-To-Be is far more relaxed about these kinds of things, and simply shrugged his shoulders. To him, once the flights are booked and the hotels secured, then we’re done. All that’s left is to sit back and enjoy the ride once we get there!
And he’s right. That’s exactly what we should be doing – it is our honeymoon after all. It’s the one time in our lives when we should be able to completely switch off, and not worry about sticking to fixed itineraries or notions of what we ‘should’ be doing. Instead, this holiday is all about relaxation, enjoying each other’s company and basking in the fact that we have the whole of the rest of our lives to look forward to together.
Nevertheless, there are a handful of things which my old travel personality will refuse to let go of, and therefore I have ensured that we have at least some of each of the following covered on each leg of our journey across Italy:
I love to seek out a great viewpoint
The more I get into my photography, the more excited I get over breathtaking views and stunning vistas. We are planning to climb to the top of the Duomo to get a great view of Florence, and to enjoy the stunning coastline of the Amalfi Coast from the infinity pools at each of our hotels…hopefully with a glass of champagne in hand.
I don’t like to leave a place without soaking up the local culture
Be this history, architecture or simply enjoying the local cuisine, Mr Sunshine-to-be and I will be up and about most days, soaking up the sites. We’re planning trips to the Roman Forum in Rome as well as Pompei to see the ancient ruins, we’re booked into a few locally-acclaimed restaurants, and we’ve vowed to do most of our travel along the Amalfi Coast via sea taxi, so that we can see all that there is to see.
But I also love the excuse to relax and do nothing!
Aside from exploring, holidays give us a great excuse to sleep in, read books and generally laze around doing very little! Rich is going to need a lot of this, because by the time we get married he will have worked for 28 days straight on the TV coverage of the Copa America. What a hero! I have picked up a couple of good books for these lazy times and I’m looking forward to getting the opportunity to get lost in them. Maybe while floating in one of those afore-mentioned infinity pools.
No matter how much I’ve loved my time away, it’s always good to be home
I love to travel. I adore everything about it, from the people I meet to the things I learn (and the inordinate amounts of sunshine that usually accompany a good trip away make it pretty special too!). But I am also a big homebody, and therefore I’m also always excited to return home at the end of each trip. For this reason, Rich and I have planned in a few days back in London to finish our honeymoon, when we will be visiting familiar places, seeing some familiar faces and soaking up some home before it’s time to fly back to Doha once more.
What’s your travel personality, and what’s important to you when you go away?
I am posting this as part of the monthly travel link-up with Emma, Kelly, Rebecca and their guest host Catherine. If you would like join in, head over to one of their blogs before the 7th July to link up your post!