Restless Feet


Lately I have been super restless.

I do not know if it is because I am turning 26 in just over a month or because I am a bit closer to thirty but I am restless and aching to travel. I have always loved the idea of getting away for a few months or even a year and just traveling. Down the road in my life I do plan on doing just that (more likely the few months plan since I have a bundle of love called my pup to consider) and traveling to a variety of places for a few months. I think when you want to travel it is in your soul and under your skin no matter what you do or tell yourself.

Once you have restless feet you will always have restless feet.

It has only been a few months since I returned from my trip to the UK and Poland. I realized lately I have not shared much about those trips which sounds pretty silly to me since well, my blog involves following your dreams and going to the UK was a dream of mine. Hence. I should really share some stories with you soon! Going back to the topic at hand though, this whole restless want to travel thing is one big distraction. Instead of focusing on what I am eating at dinner I am going over a budget in my head for my travels. Instead of watching the movie I am seeing with friends I am linking up a map in my mind on what would be the most time-saving and intelligent way to go to five different counties back to back. Because I am go big or go home kind of personality when it comes to traveling.

You would not want to be in my head when I am planning a trip.

Its like a rabbit on speed. 

Basically instead of living in the now I have been living among the dreams of the trips I plan to take. As amazing and blissful as that is it seems people thing it is keeping me from living in the present which is a very important and healthy things to do. Pretty much you should always live in the present and not make future plans too far down the road but I do not think traveling applies to this rule. Whenever I mention the trips I want to take in a year or even three (which involves moving my butt to London) people usually give me the reaction of;

"But that is so far away. You should really focus on the present"

The thing is I do!

When I am with friends I do live in the present. At work, with family, with my dog. When I am in nature hiking or running through a park I am living in the present and enjoying it but I feel planning a trip for the future is a healthy look into the future. It does not have the stresses of making a Five Year Plan for yourself (which I do not believe in. Who else hates the interview question "where do you see yourself in five years?" I dunno? Even more awesome then I am now?) I feel making a travel plan for down the line is something to look forward to. Something to strive for and work towards. It is something you can remind yourself you will be doing when you are dragging yourself through overtime at work or tempted to by that dress that is oh-so-cute but you most likely will only wear once. I feel planning a trip is exciting and the reality is that when you are planning a big trip, like I am in the next couple of years, it takes planning. It takes saving, it takes dedication, love and patience to make it happen.

So many people want to travel to places but many won't simply because of the cost.

Which is another reason why you need to plan.

I love planning trips, it gives my restless feet something to look forward to but outside of that, in life, I try my best to just go-with-the-flow and not get hung up on little things.

But I think the reality is that the restless feet never go away, they always want to be on the move. Walking on streets and paths they have never rested on before. Basically once you start exploring you never want to stop and I could never imagine a life without traveling and seeing new things. 

Do you have restless feet?

If so share it in the comments on where your feet want to take you.

“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.” 
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Lord of the Rings


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  1. "...whether you are apprehensive about your pending future, as counted by months or years; and, more likely, just wanting to live your life to the fullest with each passing moment. The quality of each day along with each trip will only be measured with the excitement and joy you take away from each occurrence. Shared to yourself or to others matters not as much as the gift you have given yourself knowing that you are searching outside of yourself for a greater experience..."

  2. Great read Nicola :) I am so guilty some have restless feet - with travelling, career, love and pretty much everything in between. I am also a chronic planner but get upset or frustrated when my long held future plans don't go my way. Will definitely need to remember to stay in the present more but thanks for reminding me that it is ok to have some dreams, and that they point us in a great direction.
    Sarah x

    1. It is what I am here for! :)
      Dreams are gifts for us to work towards, they make us who we are. As long as we do not forget to live in the present I think working towards dreams is an amazing thing.
      I think many of us have restless feet in one way or another :P

      Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for commenting!


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