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Twelve Days to Go… When Will It Start to Feel Real?

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Pat and I are about to embark on an epic trip together, and we realise this fact. Only twelve short days separate us from our desks in Sydney and a business class flight with lay-flat seats across half the globe.

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We’ve been frantically buying last-minute travel gear, crossing tasks off our giant lists, and openly talking about this trip to anyone that asks. We KNOW this trip is near. We FEEL that there is an excitement of sorts attached to it.

But when the freak will it start to actually feel real?!

I took a short poll over on the BvtW Facebook page asking the question to others of when a trip starts to feel real. The majority of people responded that it doesn’t feel real until they pack their bags, which I often used to think was the case for me until more recent trips.

During these times, it wasn’t even being on the plane that made the trip sink in — and not even the actual landing that made it all come to life. No, I sometimes don’t feel like I’m living a trip until the trip is coming to an end.

Ever feel like this?

Ever wander sleepily through a short trip to just feel like it sped right by you standing on the street corner?

It is for this reason that I feel the standard 2 week holiday is just not enough. It’s not enough time to decompress and begin to take it in. Luckily, this trip should give us more time… more time to feel the reality sinking in.

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21 Responses to Twelve Days to Go… When Will It Start to Feel Real?

  1. Ali March 26, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    I usually don’t feel like a trip is real until I’m on my way to the airport. Even if I’m freaking out about the trip, I still don’t get that “this is really happening” feeling until I’ve left the house. Sounds like a great trip, I hope Andy and I get a chance to meet up with you in Istanbul. I saw Rome on your drawing/picture, are you going to TBU?

    • Brooke March 27, 2012 at 8:39 am #

      Yep, will definitely be at TBU! So excited!

  2. cori March 26, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

    I just wanted to tell you I really do like and appreciate your smaller blog posts like this one. Some bloggers I think feel the need to write a lot all the time. Your smaller posts are great, gives people a little insight into what you are thinking without an emotional overload (which isnt bad sometimes). Thought I would extend the compliment!

    But to comment on when a trip feels real: I went to Italy this summer as my first international trip and I went solo for 30 days. The first time it felt real was when I got off the plane! Probably due to confusion, lack of sleep, anxiety and excitement!

    I look forward to reading all about your trip. Enjoy!

    • Brooke March 27, 2012 at 8:39 am #

      Thanks Cori for the feedback πŸ™‚ Much appreciated! How was Italy – did you eat gelato every day? That’s my goal when I’m there, hah!

      • Cori March 28, 2012 at 10:52 pm #

        Everyday but one! Same goes for pizza, mmmmm.

  3. Amy March 27, 2012 at 3:41 am #

    It depends on the trip. πŸ™‚ When I was going to Vegas for a short weekend, I was excited, but that was about it. Going to Australia, I was on the plane and still couldn’t believe it was real. I think it hit me once we were in the Sydney airport waiting to fly to Adelaide.

    I’m excited to read about your big trip with Pat!

    • Brooke March 27, 2012 at 8:30 am #

      Isn’t it weird how that happens?! It’s like you wait and wait and then finally when you’re doing it, you don’t realize! What’s next on the travel plans for you?

      • Amy March 27, 2012 at 11:04 am #

        No where too terribly exciting. πŸ™‚ We’re going to Vegas for my husband’s Dirty 30, and I’m going to Savannah again for a few days in September for my BFF’s wedding. There is talk of Scotland in 2013 or 2014 (to go to a golf tournament), but there’s also talk of going down the kid path in the near future, so there’s really no telling just yet! πŸ™‚

        • Brooke March 28, 2012 at 8:41 am #

          Vegas for the 30th seems very suiting! πŸ™‚ Good luck in the future travel plans (or adventures in motherhood — whichever you decide)!

  4. Rebecca March 27, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    I am trying to think how I felt when I was gearing up for Peru last year. It probably was when I was packing when I realized how big and undertaking it was going to be. I thought I could jam 16 days worth of hiking and winter clothes into my smaller duffel before I realized that I am going to have to switch bags for a larger suitcase and check the whole thing through!

    • Brooke March 28, 2012 at 8:42 am #

      Ugh, a last minute luggage change will sober you up to the realities of a trip hey?!

  5. Erik March 27, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    Let me know when it feels real…. I have 6 weeks until I leave for New Zealand and it seems like another lifetime….

    • Brooke March 28, 2012 at 8:42 am #

      Haha, it’ll be here before you know it! Where in NZ are you going?

  6. Tawny of Captain and Clark March 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    So exciting! Regardless of when the awesome feeling sinks in, I’m sure you’re trip will be epic. We look forward to following along on all of your adventures.

    • Brooke March 28, 2012 at 8:45 am #

      Yay! Thanks πŸ™‚ I’m not sure if it’ll be when I’m eating gelato in Italy or when I’m sleeping in a get in Mongolia that I’ll be smacked with reality. We’ll see! Thanks for following along πŸ™‚

  7. Petra March 27, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    I feel just like you do, especially when I embark on longer trips, like my South American adventure last spring. It’s almost been a year, yet I still can’t believe (when looking at pictures, videos, and maps) that I was really there. :))

    • Brooke March 28, 2012 at 8:45 am #

      Yep I know the exact feeling!!!

  8. Katrina March 27, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

    Have a fantabulous time.!

    Hope the ‘real’ feeling kicks in soon for you πŸ™‚ My worst ‘wow this is real’ moment was when leaving for Africa – I don’t think I had really processed it (and the pending cultural shock), and as I frantically packed when I should have already been in the car on the way to the airport (now I pack the week before I leave.!), I had a bit of a panic attack, and suddenly it all became very, very real πŸ™‚

    All the best for an incredible adventure (which I also think will become something bigger than epic),
    Katrina

  9. Brooke March 28, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    Thanks, Katrina! We’re really excited but both in disbelief that we’ll be going where we’re going! I think your Africa story takes the cake though — it’s a place that I would need to travel to feeling very prepared, at least the first time around.

  10. Russell March 28, 2012 at 9:32 am #

    Looking forward to hearing more about your trip, Brooke, and enviously sharing in your adventures from here in Sydney πŸ™‚

    PS. Also liked the smaller post format. Something for me to think about over at ISOALLO!

  11. D.J. - The World of Deej April 1, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    I usually start to feel it’s real about a week before hand. As I’m wrapping up all my loose ends at work, and starting to make preparations for the house, etc while we are gone. I am a last minute packer, so thank goodness it kicks in before that:)

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