Travelling is not for the faint-hearted. There is a reason why everyone doesn’t travel all the time.
Travelling is hard work, no matter what or how you have planned your travel. Whether everything is all planned out or you just choose to see where life takes you. Things go wrong, prices change and stress levels rise.
This doesn’t mean travelling should be dismissed. There is also a reason why people travel. These beautiful travel moments can really make you feel like the stress is all worth it. I can liken it to having a child. The days are stressful and but in the end it is a wonderful experience.
We have been on the move for a month now and we have had our ups and downs.
Our first ”down” was when we had to move out our house. The last week was the most stressful. Everyone came and helped us at some point in that week. We had a lot of stuff to move out. The landlord arrived a bit early and it felt like we still had way too much to even sort out. Once we got everything lit of the house and the landlord was on her way. We thought we could manage a train trip to our first stop. That didn’t happen. We had far too much to carry as the last hour was a rush to get out the house. My husbands step father offered to give us a lift to where we needed to get to.
We spent about 3 weeks travel around the UK to see friends and family. At each stop, in felt like I was shedding things that I didn’t need in my backpack. By the time we were ready for our flight to Italy, we were pretty much ready. I look back and I am glad to have that chance to sort out the backpacks and slim down our things.
I can liken it to having a child. The days are stressful and but in the end it is a wonderful experience.
Then, I got a text to say our flight to Italy is cancelled due to strikes at the airport and so began our first delay. We were meant to fly on the Monday morning. It was no booked for the Thursday. This gave us time to sort out our last few things. Even though it did delay our plans. This did have a knock-on effect on our car rental and we had to cancel the one we had with Avis, as they wanted to charge us over £600 to move the date from the Tuesday to the Thursday. We scoured the internet for a different option, which was to have the car for less days and it was a bit more than our original price.
Once we were ready to leave London for our flight in Luton, we got a bus to Golders Green to catch the National Express bus to Luton airport. This was 45 min late. We arrived at the airport with an hour to go before the gates opened. To our relief, we got through the queues quickly even though the queues we’re long. Security was also quick and we had 20min share to grab a sandwich before getting on the flight.
We arrived in Italy and picked up our car and had a long journey from Pisa to Citta di Castello. We arrived at 11pm after stopping for snack, shopping and then a toilet break.
We have been in Italy for a week now and have planed our next stop. From Italy to Spain. I am sure that journey will be an adventure as well. I look forward to writing about it.
Maybe we might get used to the travelling between our stops. One thing I can definitely get used to is all the beautiful places and the people that we see and meet. That is why people travel. It is a beautiful adventure, but it comes with its own obstacles.
Love it or hate it, short or long, tell me your best travel experience?