As much as I love Fb’s “On this day” feature, showing posts I’ve made on the same day in previous years, it can become tortuous at times, particularly during August, September and October. This seems to be travel season for us, though not for the last three years when we’ve been enduring an enforced (self-enforced, I guess) travel drought.
The last few years, with struggles at the same time with my mother’s health and financial commitments and house maintenance issues – all simply the stuff of life – and the dreariness of the end of a long winter, I’ve found that the reminders of sunnier, warmer, and more carefree times have not always been easy to see.
But ultimately, the best part of travelling is that it doesn’t just happen and then end – there’s the anticipation in planning, the reality of being there, and the memories that last as long as you want when you come home. There’s no doubt that the memories are special, and, if I decide to, are there to be enjoyed.
This year, I’ve particularly been enjoying the photos and reminders of years past, when we were snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, or I was enjoying a champagne afternoon tea at Claridges with Laura, or ballooning over Cappadocia or sailing the Adriatic earlier on the same trip, remembering the baby elephants frolicking in the sand on safari four years ago, meeting new friends in Slovenia three years ago, adventures with a Kiwi friend living in Europe in Switzerland, France, Italy and Poland over the last eight years, lively dinners that are never long enough with my UK friends in various locations, and of course, our most recent Lemons to Limoncello adventure three years ago. A bonus is that our trips often last several weeks (if not months), and my daily Fb reminder is almost like reliving the trips, crossing over each day into a different country, city, landscape or language.
Of course, I have to admit that reliving these memories have been easier this year too, as we’re now once again in the anticipating and planning stages of another trip, hoping to break the drought in 2017.