Do You Get That Feeling?

“Holy shit! I’m in Dubai!”

“Holy shit! I’m in the Himalayas!”

“Holy shit! I’m at Machu Picchu for the second time!”


Do you ever have something like this run through your head, and maybe out your mouth, while traveling?

It happens to me on every trip. Even visiting exotic places for the second or third time. Or when lounging on a beach just one country from home.

I never cease to be blown away that I have somehow moved myself to a place far from home. A place different. A place others dream of visiting and post, “I wish I had your life!” on my Facebook wall.

I am not as well traveled as some of my friends who have visited 30, 50 or even 100 countries and I didn’t start traveling internationally until eight years ago. So it makes me wonder, what about you?

Do you still hold a sense of wonder, excitement or awe that you have somehow traveled to a distant land, even if it is the next country over? Or has that feeling worn off from too many airports, too many hotels or a desire to just stay home?

3 Replies to “Do You Get That Feeling?”

  1. Susan @ Travel Junkette

    YES.. I love that feeling! Sometimes it doesn’t hit me for a day or two, and then all of a sudden I’ll be eating a falafel in Jerusalem and literally start jumping up and down with excitement. I’m glad I’m not the only one! PS. That photo is incredible.

  2. Eileen

    I love that feeling too! Sometimes I get it not even leaving my state but maybe doing something different. I remember getting it freshman year of college… I was walking across a quad and suddnely thought, “Wow, I’m a student at UCLA!” (I had wanted to go there for a long time).

    I’ve been around others when they had that feeling too. I took a visitor to the beach and he said, that’s when it sunk in that he was in California.

    Great photo, Peter, hope you guys are having a blast!


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