Today I read this comic on The Oatmeal. It did amuse me, but it also made me sad, because I started thinking about travelling.
I haven’t been out of the country since September. This may not seem particularly unusual, but between September 2010 and September 2011:
- I went on fourteen flights.
- I visited eleven countries.
- I travelled on six overnight trains.
- I learnt to call three different countries home.
At the time, I didn’t realise how lucky I was, but now I miss it. I miss the freedom to go wherever I want, whenever I want. I miss the cheap train fares. I miss having the rest of Europe on my doorstep. In short, I miss being on my Year Abroad. I still hope that I can incorporate travel into my career, and be paid to write about my worldwide travels, but I realise that there is only a slim chance of my dreams becoming reality. And so, tonight, I am nostalgic. And if anyone is reading this who is currently on their Year Abroad, make the most of it! It slips away far too fast!