10 Things I love about travel

This month’s travel linkup is all about love… here’s 10 things that I love about travel:

1. Waking up in the middle of nowhere and pinching myself that I’m actually there

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

An island in the San Blas

An island in the San Blas

Clouds at Salar de Uyuni

Clouds reflecting at Salar de Uyuni

Me with Violet

Me with Violet, babysitting a baby baboon in Namibia while volunteering, what a wake up that was!

Sunset over Spitzkoppe with the group

Sunset over Spitzkoppe with the group, Namibia

2. Being surprised by creatures near and far

Whether it be a sloth climbing across power lines in Costa Rica.

Sloth crossing the road

Sloth crossing the road, Costa Rica

Or a leopard staring for a split second along a tree, before darting away.

Leopard, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Leopard, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Or by how peaceful gorillas are in the wild.

Gorilla sleeping, Rwanda

Gorilla sleeping, Rwanda

Or by how caring baboons can be.

Baboons grooming

Baboons grooming

Baby baboon's that are carried by cuddling the back or tummy of a parent, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Baby baboon’s that are carried by cuddling the back or tummy of a parent, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

4. Seeing incredible architecture and wondering how humans ever managed to create it

Such as the Pyramids of Giza

Standing in front of the Pyramids of Giza

Standing in front of the Pyramids of Giza

Or the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood in Saint Petersburg, Russia (full mosaic’s inside and out)

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, Russia, 2014

Inside the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood

Inside the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood

Or Gaudi’s masterpiece – the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

5. Stumbling across festivals and markets

My first mini-trip in Prague that happened to be during Saint Patrick’s Day and the Easter Markets

Cathedral, stage and Easter markets in Prague

St. Patricks Day amongst Easter Markets in Prague’s town square

6. Realising how much I can really handle

Whether it be ending up in multiple hospitals in multiple countries/continents… no photo for that one!

Bungee jumping over the Nile in Uganda.

Bungee Jumping

Bungee Jumping, Jinja, Uganda. Definitely outside of my comfort zone.

White water rafting and seeing my life flash before my eyes when I lose my helmet in a rapid.

White water rafting on the Nile

White water rafting in Jinja, Uganda through the Nile river

Or climbing beyond my wildest dreams to see a sunrise, despite my fear of heights.

Dune 45, Namibia

Dune 45, Namibia

7. Being able to reflect on fantastic memories, close my eyes and be right back there one more time

Chimpanzee, Kibale Forest

Chimpanzee, Kibale Forest

8. Sample incredible delights that the world has to offer in food

Ceviche in Palermo

Ceviche in Palermo, Argentina

9. Having my eyes opened by people, cultures and events, past and present

Some good.

African children waving

African children waving

San Bushman dance, Nambia

San Bushman dance, Namibia

Some sad.

Auschwitz, Poland

Auschwitz, Poland

Srebrenica, Bosnia

Srebrenica, Bosnia

Uganda child

Uganda child

9. Having those ‘Awww’ moments when you see incredible scenery that creates lasting memories

Of eating an apple as I stare across a lake at the Swiss Alps.

First Switzerland - a journey of travel

First, Switzerland

Of being scared S*#less of heights, yet climbing the stunning Machu Picchu Mountain and staring out over the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, view from Machu Picchu Mountain

At the top of Machu Picchu Mountain

At the top of Machu Picchu Mountain, overlooking the ancient city below

Of watching ice break away and fall from Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina.

Perito Moreno Glacier, Santa Cruz, Argentina

Perito Moreno Glacier, Santa Cruz, Argentina

Ice falling from Perito Moreno Glacier, Santa Cruz, Argentina

Ice falling from Perito Moreno Glacier, Santa Cruz, Argentina

10. Making life long friends all around the world to hold in my heart forever

Friends from an Ireland tour meeting again years later, at an airport

Friends from an Ireland tour meeting again years later, at an airport

Friends from studying in Austria

Friends from studying in Austria in 2010, catching up almost every year since despite the distance

By now you can see how much I LOVE travel. I’ve learnt not to take any moment lightly, saviour it and learn from it, enjoy and remember it, forever.

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