Travel

Ever Wondered Why

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I’ve been so, so busy lately but the good news is, summerbreak is right around the corner. I didn’t share this already, but I’m going on a roadtrip again this year. Once again, I’m going to America. A few days after my birhtday, which is the 22nd of July, I’ll be flying from Amsterdam to Salt Lake City and from there, I’ll be cruising around in – I hope – an old fashioned Chevy 😉 I’m so excited already and I promis my camera won’t leave my side!

For some reason I’ve gotten into traveling much more the last year. It’s like I’m more curious about everything than ever. I guess it’s because I’ve been feeling pretty good the last few months and I want to maintain that feeling. I know a lot of people, in the town where I live, that feel like traveling is a waste of money, or they just don’t get why you want to be gone for such a long time. That’s something I don’t get. Here’s why. :)

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New People

You meet new people, but that’s not the most interesting thing. You learn about cultures, traditions, history, the way of living, you might hear personal stories, you eat different food, you learn about local artists, you see how the people dress and behave. Yes, most of that information you can find on the Internet as well and you could base your opinion on what you’ve just read. The thing with online content is, there’s no interaction. And guess what? This is the most important thing. That’s not only the case with traveling but also around town. You’ll need to get out of the house in order to bring you somewhere else, experience and feel somehting new. Don’t be scared. I used to be super scared to talk to strangers or go to places I’ve never been, but it’s so interesting and fun. To be honest, last year after I landed at LAX international airport I was literaly crying because I was terrified about everything I didn’t know yet. That lasted for a few hours and then I finaly got myself back togheter. Just remember, as long as you make sure you are safe and think twice, you won’t get yourself into ‘tricky situations.’ You’ll get so much out of this. More the Internet has to offer!

Your Essentials

You learn about your essentials, what you really need. I’ve never been the kind of girl that would go on a trip with a ton of luggage. Two suitcases, a backpack, a shouderbag and a purse. No. Not for me. But I know there are plenty of people out there carrying so much stuff they absolutely don’t need. The key is, you’ve got to know what your essentials are and I admit that can be hard to figure out. But please, no more searching: ‘checklist for traveling’ on Google. 😉 Because what somebody else needs isn’t automatically important for you!

  • Make sure you plan your outfits. People often tend to bring way to much clothes. Plan what you are going to wear from day to day and a little extra. This ‘little extra’ can involve an extra shirt or panty just in case you wrip it on the very first day. No idea about the weather? Pick clothes that can easily be layered and matched.
  • Important phonenumers, passports, visum, creditcards, tickets, information about your healt insurance. Make sure you have everything organized and safely stored in a folder. (Tip: pick up a water-safe folder.)
  • Shampoo, toothpaste etc. If it takes up to much space just leave it. I’m a 100% sure that where ever you are going they will have these items for pretty much the same price as you are used to. Adding another suitcase will cost you more. 😉
  • The last thing you’ll need to sort out for yourself is health and beauty-related. If you want to do your make-up while traveling bring neutral colors, they go with everything. Are you taking medicines? Bring enough for the entire trip and a little extra just in case you spill something. Also, if you are going by plane, make sure you bring your doctors prescription.

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Open Up

Since you are seeing new things and were brave enough to talk to new people you might as wel open up to them. Don’t get to personal from the start but share your thoughts can lead to very interesting conversations and even better, new friends. You gotta stay open-minded. Don’t tell yourself already before you even left about what you won’t or will do. Sure, you should’t push your limits too much and don’t go too crazy. But getting out of your comfortzone has never been a bad thing. :)

 

I hope this was fun to read and useful for some people. I’ve got to say I like how the pictures turned out this time. 😉 The colors, the composition, the vibe in general. If you like my photography as well you should follow me on Instagram!

Love,

Sofie.

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Steve
    June 27, 2016 at 4:55 am

    Traveling is wonderful and addictive. I can not imagine life staying in one place. In fact, I’ve traveled so much of my life that I now realize I have absolutely no attachment to where I presently call home. It doesn’t even really feel like home, just a place to stay – shelter. But there is one downside to traveling. You’ll find yourself always missing someone and/or someplace. Sometimes your heart will yearn and feel sadness so deep that you can’t see some special people you befriended in another far off land. But there’s a beauty in that yearning. That sadness is actually a feeling of love blooming in the heart. A love for so many things that it becomes boundless. Those that stay at their jobs in their towns with their group of friends will never experience that.

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      DownTownSofie
      July 2, 2016 at 7:29 pm

      Thank you for taking the time to write such a long and nice comment Steve! Interesting to read how you don’t attach to a place you would normally call ‘home’ anymore. I totally get you about the downside, the feeling of always wanting to see more and missing certain places and emotions. I like how you called that sadness a love blooming in the heart. Wonderful comment, thank you for that!

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    Denise
    June 30, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    This is so good that you are feeling good and that you will go to a road trip! This is really so enriching and great to know about a place, culture and new people; the feeling of knowing different things and pushing oneself to the limits is always very good! You are doing it so right! I love the post and your yellow coat too! Hope you have a nice weekend!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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      DownTownSofie
      July 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm

      Thank you Denise! I am really looking forward to my next roadtrip. I’m glad you see that traveling is so valuable and that you like my yellow coat. 😉
      Take care dear! x

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    ElisaAnastasia
    July 4, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    I really enjoy reading your blog. Just found it actually and sure you’ve got a new reader. You look beautiful by the way and i really like your style. xxx

    • Reply
      DownTownSofie
      July 5, 2016 at 5:10 am

      That’s so good to hear! Thanks a lot! Have a great week ahead x

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