15 Things Travel Taught Me in 2015

By Abi King | From The Heart

Dec 18

15 Things Travel Taught Me in 2015 via @insidetravellab

Things Travel Taught Me

Ooph. Well, it’s been a clunky, clamorous year. And we’ve nearly made it to the end, which in itself is always something of a miracle and cause for merry celebration!

2015 was a year that, for me, included its fair share of brilliance, heartache and just dogged, slogging, jogging work too (not to mention a recent fixation with typing the letter G. Eggnog anyone?!)

So, if you enjoy a spot of time travel then head back and look at the previous years.

14 Things Travel Taught Me in 2014

13 Things Travel Taught Me in 2013

12 Things Travel Taught Me in 2012

Abi King in Mexico

Mexico: A few years ago…

Otherwise, let’s just get to it!

15 Things Travel Taught Me in 2015

1 – That giraffe tongues snuffle. And that their hair feels tough and wiry.

2 – That Pride Rock from The Lion King was based on a real place.

3 – And that there are places in Nevada where wild horses run free.

4 – That it’s always good to give a city a second chance.

5 – And even better to do so with friends.

Giraffe through window at Giraffe Manor Kenya from @insidetravellab

6 – That time twists in and around and on itself, with every year feeling shorter than before. 2015 marked the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina…

7 – And we’re now over 100 years since the start of the First World War.

8 – That the man who sang What A Wonderful World had many reasons to think the opposite.

9 – And that one of the most famous writers about Dublin wasn’t welcome there much in his time.

Wild horses at Mustang Monument in Nevada

10 – That Vancouver is achingly beautiful.

11 – And that maple syrup comes in plastic sealed tubs.

12 – That the rules of rodeo reach from Texas all the way to the Canadian Wild West.

13 – And that people genuinely call themselves cowboys.

Spetses Island Greece from @insidetravellab

14 – That we should have a colour scheme that we call Greek blue.

15 – And that the Emerald Isles have well earned their name.

16 – That I’m better at sports than I thought: from solo cycling in Austria to trying my hand (and luck) at Gaelic hurling in Ireland.

17 – That the KGB was real. I mean, of course, I knew that it was but the sight of history itself reaches further than Hollywood films. Usually.

18 – That eastern Europe Latvia doesn’t rely on cold cabbage for food.

19 – And nor does Greece, as it happens (Athens has its own arty food museum.)

The beautiful beach from San Sebastian Spain to the Balenciaga Museum via @insidetravellab

20 – That there’s a new sweet French treat I’d never even heard about…

21 – And that champagne bottles aren’t French.

22 – That windswept beaches can hide the secrets to success.

23 – As can pirates and the secrets of gin.

24 – That there is no end to my love for olives. 

25 – Nor for taking photos of the baobab trees of Madagascar. 

Baobab trees in Madagascar- via @insidetravellab

26 – That there are some advantages to being alone.

27 – Or of wandering along a river without a plan. Or indeed a “digital detox” as the kids these days seem to say.

28 – That you can cycle through a cloudforest…

29 – Swim in a UNESCO World Heritage Site

30 – Make a living as a clown…

31 – And voyage through the Galapagos to find a Blue Footed Booby

Sandy sea lions in Galapagos from @insidetravellab

32 – That every freedom required a fight

33 – And that every masterpiece deserves a sight with your own eyes.

34 – That life may indeed get harder but that its richness never fades.

35 – And that I, after all these years, still get carried away. And to the world, year in, year out, appear that I cannot count.

Here’s to the last days of 2015 everyone. May you have health, happiness and hefty alliteration :-)

Cheers!

ABi

What did 2015 teach you?

Travel quote- life may indeed get harder but its richness never fades via @insidetravellab

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