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Day 194: Goosebumps… Because It’s Cold? No, That’s Travel Excitement

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Day 194: Warming Up in Front of Space Heater

You know the feeling you get when you’ve been traveling around Italy for a month and you would almost rather not get out of bed than see another cathedral? It’s not that you wouldn’t still think it is big and amazingly beautiful; it’s not that you wouldn’t look at it and say, “Wow, that is really effing cool.” No, it’s just that maybe the idea of it doesn’t give you that same feeling it once did… the goosebumps and the butterflies.

I’m lucky at this juncture in my life to have had such a rich travel itinerary with some experiences that just seemed to open one door after another. But, I know about travel burnout like in the example above, and I also know about something a little less on the scale: loss of the travel goosebumps. In this case, you get excited about travel, but it’s just not on the same level as the all-encompassing goosebumps-throughout-the-body sensation.

When I was fresh and new with just the idea of world travel filling my mind, I ALWAYS had the travel goosebumps. If I read about someone trekking through Nepal or going on safari in Africa, I was just so overwhelmed at the possibilities that I would often get the shivers. The feeling can only be compared to the tickle in your tummy received when going down roller coasters or hitting a hill just right when driving. A smile immediately crosses my face every time.

heater for goosebumps

Getting goosebumps only helped by a heater.

Now I hope this doesn’t come off wrong, because I still get excited about travel, only… travel around Australia, or travel to the United States, or even travel to Malaysia when I’m with a group of people that are experienced in that area is just not something that has given me the travel goosebumps. In actuality, it has been so long since I’ve had the feeling that I almost thought I would never get it again. You know, like maybe I had been there and done that and now there’s nothing new to excite me again quite the same.

Well, guess what…

I was wrong!

I mentioned it in passing a couple of times on this blog here and there, a few times on Twitter, and I also made an announcement on Facebook, but in case you didn’t know: I booked a trip back to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan for a month this November. I’ll be heading off alone, stopping off in Istanbul for 4 days on the way there and arriving at 3am on Halloween at my beloved, crazy, unique old stomping grounds in the country that Lauren can’t pronounce.

Bishkek and mountains

All I know right now is that my friend Erica will be there (she’s an Anthro major, Master or the like) and that I will probably sign up again for some intensive Russian lessons at The London School in Bishkek. I’ll be inclined to buy shit loads of kefir, eat plates of lagman, struggle with the marshrutkas, hunt for decent Internet, eat at that Georgian restaurant I once loved (if it is still there) and avoid corrupt border guards as much as possible.

As I am still coming to terms with my decision to go back, I have been reading my old Kyrgyzstan posts and thinking about how freaking weird and interesting my life was back then. Seriously, the thought of doing it all again has made me excited and terribly, terribly nervous all at the same time. This has given me the travel goosebumps.

Yep, I’ve still got it.

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17 Responses to Day 194: Goosebumps… Because It’s Cold? No, That’s Travel Excitement

  1. Amanda July 14, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    That’s awesome! (Both you going back to Bishkek, and the fact that you still get travel goosebumps!) I’m already looking forward to reading about that adventure.

    • Brooke July 15, 2011 at 10:35 am #

      Yay! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

  2. Untemplater July 15, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    That’s awesome! I’m glad to hear you’ve got the excited butterflies and goosebumps back. Intensive Russian lessons sound fun too. I haven’t learned any Russian myself yet but I really like the way it sounds. If I could choose a superpower I’d want to be able to speak all the languages in the world. Dunno why but I find foreign languages fascinating. Can’t wait to hear more about your adventures! -Sydney

    • Brooke July 19, 2011 at 8:08 am #

      Hi Sydney πŸ™‚ Thanks for commenting! I’m so excited to go back… as for Russian, I love the idea of learning it, but it is a HUGE headache (yet so worth it when you actually get around on your own language knowledge). I like your idea of a superpower! I’m not good at learning languages, but I love it at the same time!

  3. laryssa July 16, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    I love that you’re going back! I feel like in travel blogger communities there’s this challenge to travel to as many countries as possible, and not even think about exploring the same place twice — it’s more for bragging rights, not for any REAL experiences. That’s why I love your blog — you’re the real deal! Plus, it gives me inspiration to go back to familiar ground. πŸ˜‰

    • Brooke July 19, 2011 at 8:04 am #

      Aw thanks, Laryssa! Your comment means a lot to me. I’m very excited to go back; I can’t wait to see how things have changed, or if they are still the same. No matter what, it’ll be exciting πŸ™‚

  4. Bethany July 17, 2011 at 3:17 am #

    Yah Brooke! I’m very happy for you!! I need some travel goosebumps myself – badly!!!

    • Brooke July 19, 2011 at 8:05 am #

      Thanks, Beth! I know the feeling – you’ll get them back I’m sure πŸ™‚

  5. Suzy July 21, 2011 at 1:19 am #

    That’s great you are headed back and have those goosebumps again. This definitely inspires me to get back those travel goosebumps. I could use some at the moment.

  6. Inspiredworlds July 24, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    Loved both your posts. I know the exact feeling re post trip blues.

    • Brooke July 24, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

      Thanks for reading πŸ™‚ And, bleh, how about those post-trip blues?

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