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Day 25: 25 Little, Travel Related Things That Make Me Happy

Day 25: Sleepily Eating My Hot Cross Buns at Brekky

Day 25: Sleepily Eating My Hot Cross Buns at Brekky

Saying that I’m having trouble focusing today is a bit of an understatement. Whether it has anything to do with yesterday’s post is not clear; it could be the impending holiday approaching (tomorrow is Australia Day down under). With that in mind, today is a day to keep it simple.

I present to you, 25 travel related things that make me happy!

1. Pressing the “Book” button on an airline’s website.

2. Strapping my pack down as small as it can go.

3. Shopping for needed supplies.

4. The click of the seatbelt on the airplane.

5. Being handed free drinks on a plane.

6. Landing, and doing it safely!

7. The smell of the fresh air in a seaside town.

8. Chatting with foreigners.

9. The colors and packaging of products when food shopping.

10. Going out to new restaurants.

11. Hostels that have free wi-fi.

12. Collecting monopoly money, or money that doesn’t look real.

13. Blogging about my trip.

14. Being greeted with an inbox of comments from my readers.

15. Seeing a city at different times of the day and night.

16. Splurging on a hotel room or nice dinner out.

17. When locals go out of their way to help.

18. The sounds of people speaking another language filling the air.

19. The architecture and history of a city’s walls.

20. The new stamps and visas in my passport.

21. The idea of my camera filling up with photos.

22. The scattering of ticket stubs and receipts in my bag.

23. Travel-sized bottles of shampoo.

24. An excuse to watch the sun rise or set.

25. The feeling of very little responsibility and stress.

These are some of the travel moments that I enjoy. Care to share some of yours?


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29 Responses to Day 25: 25 Little, Travel Related Things That Make Me Happy

  1. Jill - Jack and Jill Travel The World January 26, 2011 at 1:49 am #

    Showering off the dirt and grime after a long day of exploring… (and it has to be a hot shower too)

    • Brooke January 26, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

      Oh, hot showers are magnificent. They can completely reinvigorate me when I think I can’t go anymore.

  2. Matt January 26, 2011 at 5:30 am #

    Brilliant – the click of a seat belt. These things make you happy and this post made me smile!

    • Brooke January 26, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

      Hehe πŸ˜€ Glad I could make you smile. It’s the little things that make an experience.

  3. Christine January 26, 2011 at 5:36 am #

    Clicking the book button on a flight is my FAVORITE feeling!!! You just know good things are coming πŸ™‚

    • Brooke January 26, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

      I’m with you! It never seems real until I have a ticket booked πŸ™‚

  4. Rebecca January 26, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    Very nice – my faves are numbers 1, 18 and 25!

    • Brooke January 26, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

      Hehe, some of my faves as well πŸ™‚

  5. Amanda January 26, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

    Awesome list! I love the feeling of take-off on a plane. And the sound of my camera shutter. And waking up in a new city and forgetting for a moment that you’re away from home, but then remembering and being excited all over again.

    • Brooke January 29, 2011 at 8:29 am #

      YES! Love your last one, that’s so awesome!

  6. Alouise January 26, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    I love this. The big things in life are great, but the little things get over looked. Hitting the ‘book’ button is always fun. I love the when I finally walk outside the airport, because you know the fun is just starting.

    • Brooke January 29, 2011 at 8:30 am #

      I agree! It’s all about the little things and how they come together to make a total experience. πŸ™‚

  7. Condra January 27, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    The feeling of a plane taking off, being on a train going somewhere, anywhere… being in any kind of transportation really gets me excited. Buying something and not knowing how to ask for it in the local language (hey, I’m somewhere special!). Accents people have around you.

    • Brooke January 29, 2011 at 8:32 am #

      Ah, I love not being able to ask for something in another language, but then actually getting what you needed! It’s a moment of triumph!

  8. Lindsay January 27, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    Ahhh I love shopping for travel minis at the drug store! Shampoo, deodorant, facewash, toothpaste… Even if I don’t have any travel plans, I stroll down that aisle and it puts a little bounce in my step! πŸ™‚

    • Brooke January 29, 2011 at 8:34 am #

      Plus little things are always just so darn cute πŸ˜‰ I know what you mean, though. It’s like the whole Pavlov’s dog, conditioned response. We know we’re going somewhere and it just makes us happy πŸ™‚

  9. Annie February 1, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

    These things are awesome! I agree with Amanda on the sound of my camera shutter, it makes any embarrassment I might have for taking tons of photos completely vanish and I get totally excited about every detail of the place I’m in!

    I have to admit that clicking “book” on the flight actually gives me anxiety because I know my credit card is being charged, but walking out of the airport and breathing the first breath of the city is awesome. Along with being greeted with something typical from that city, like the humidity and palm trees in Sydney!

  10. Suzy February 3, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    I completely agree about the travel sized bottles of shampoo. Even if I am in Target, I always linger over the aisle with all travel sized products. I would have to add the minute the plane’s wheels are no longer on the ground and you take flight. My favorite movie French Kiss, Kevin Kline’s character says on that moment “The plane getting ready to charge the runway. The engines screaming.The pressure building. The force of it slams you back in the seat. And then… you are in the air. Everything else is behind you.” I love that about travel.

    • Brooke February 3, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

      So true, Suzy! Getting away is that in so many ways. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  11. Scott February 3, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    All about #22, these have become my only real “souvenirs” from my backpacking adventures and I actually try to turn them into a collage on the wall in my bedroom! Enjoyred the post …

    • Brooke February 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

      Thanks for reading, Scott! I enjoyed writing it, too πŸ™‚

  12. Sheryll February 3, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    I totally love this list. I’m obsessed with travel size anything! One of my favorite things about traveling is eating and drinking. I love going to restaurants in other countries and tasting local cuisine!

    • Brooke February 3, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

      Eating and drinking is totally a great great thing πŸ˜‰

  13. Rease February 9, 2011 at 5:24 am #

    I love connecting with a local, even if it’s just for a short conversation. I also love signs in other languages, or bad translations of English.

  14. Anthony February 10, 2011 at 1:03 am #

    What is there not to love about travel! I personally get excited about – free wifi, tiny little shampoo bottles and especially booking flights. Nice list of fun stuff!

    • Brooke February 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

      I know! Free wifi is the bomb πŸ™‚


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