Confessions of a Travelholic

Photo by Minh Ha Nguyen
Photo by Minh Ha Nguyen

It was in one of my trips this year, precisely during take off, that I thought about many things I needed to confess. Traveling a lot does not mean you will always make/get things right, or that you are such a pro that you are brave about everything, or even that you will never miss a flight.

During that same take off, instead of letting my fear of flying – yeah, that’s right – take over my head, I started making a list in my mind of things I wanted to confess to you. So, here are my confessions of a travelholic:

I am afraid of flying

It wasn’t always like this; at first I was only afraid of turbulence. Now I am afraid of take off, turbulence, landing, and during the flight I imagine things, like that the wing of the plane will break and we will fall. Oh well, the good thing is that I know how to control the fear most of the time, somehow, sitting by window helps.

I am always thinking about the next trip

A travelholic is always thinking about the next trip. I do get anxious when I don’t know when is going to be the next one, or if my plans will work out. I love browsing through hotels, thinking of possible itineraries, and reorganizing my bucket list. It is an addiction.

IΒ annoy travel companions

During my trips I annoy whoever is with me, most of the time W. I stop to take pictures all the time, a short walk might turn into a long one, and the food might get cold by the time I get the shot I want.

I stay in cheap/bad hotels several times

I have stayed in hotels just because of the price, with some of them I got really lucky that they were actually nice, but with others not so much. I don’t really mind staying in cheap hotels as long as I make the trip. There, I said it!

I don’t like museums

Don’t judge me for that. I have been to many interesting museums, like the Louvre. But honestly? I don’t enjoy all that slow walking and admiring the object for half an hour, or learning everything about how the painting was made. I pass by, if I like it I stop, take a fast look and move on. This all means that I normally don’t visit the cities’ museums, unless is a very famous one.

I’m afraid of heights but I’m always looking for a nice view from above!

Controversial I know, but true. I am very afraid of heights, though I love a nice view, so when traveling I am always looking for spots from where I can see the city from above. Sometimes I pay the price, but most of the time is worth it!

I hate public bathrooms

Who doesn’t?! Especially the ones you find on the roads or on the streets. The thing is that all travellers know that sooner or later they will need to use them.

Some places made me cry

There are many special places for me in this world, and some of them made me cry. Maybe because the time spent there was so amazing that I will miss it, or because I have no idea when I will be able to go back there, or because I simply would like to stay there forever. A nice example for the three of these cases: the Maldives.

Sometimes I do clichΓ© things

When you travel to a place, you feel the urge to try the things everyone does, like riding a gondola in Venice, taking a picture of the leaning tower of Pisa to make fun about it, or with the pyramid of the Louvre or Egypt. I still do clichΓ© things, because most of the time I need to show them here on the blog.

I don’t always like the local food

I am a foodie, and I love trying local dishes, but I got disappointed many times. It happens. Sometimes it’s just not the taste you expected, and you wonder why people talk so much about it!

I hate Ryanair

This is a major confession. I flew with Ryanair only once – well, two because I had return – but I will never do it again, even if Prince William is on board, or if it’s for free. I did not feel safe, and I hated the fact that they annoy you the entire flight to buy something. Not to mention that you almost need to pay to breath in the aircraft, because everything there has a cost.

I have missed a flight!

Speaking of flying, I did miss a flight, actually, more than one, two, and three. Only once was my fault, the others were missed connections because of flight delays, but once was enough to teach me a lesson!

I once passed through airport’s security with a fork

I didn’t know, I promise! I used the fork for my lunch at university, back when I lived in Geneva, and forgot to take it out of my purse. The result: I passed the security check at Geneva’s airport, and only hours after arriving in Munich I realized I brought a fork and no one noticed. Are we actually allowed to bring a fork on hand luggage or did the security people miss it?

I feel happy to be back at home

I love traveling, no question. But I also love arriving at home, sleeping on my bed, using my own bathroom and hugging my dog again. Then I start thinking about the next trip again.


Confess with me…

About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • hahahah I am soo happy that I am not the only one like this πŸ˜€ most of the time I feel guilty, but I’m just not into it! πŸ˜€

  • hahahaha we probably wouldn’t annoy each other then πŸ˜€ we are very similar when traveling!!
    Ohhh really?? Don’t worry about it, do write it!!! I wanna read it, I would love to know your confessions πŸ˜€
    About Ryanair, I guess you were lucky, or I should probably try other low costs and compare them. Though so far Ryanair was the worst. πŸ™

  • Gin

    haha, I can totally relate for at least half of them !!! But I quite local food, I’ve never been disappointed πŸ™‚ I love new culinary experience.

    • hahahaha πŸ˜€
      I think I have a little problem with sauces and spicy things, so in some places I didn’t really like some dishes. But I certainly love trying new things πŸ˜€

  • Ohhh Lucy we have a lot in common!!
    I think I remember reading about your fear of flying.
    And yes, no Ryanair for me! I have flown with other low costs but this one is the worst!

  • Yessss, low cost airlines are a pain in the a** πŸ™
    But if the flight isn’t long, the price is worth it… though for me no more Ryanair!
    Ohh really? Depending on the place, I am interested in the history, but if it’s boring then I also don’t really bother so much hahaha πŸ˜€

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  • I know right??? We should definitely do this!!!
    I have tried to fly with Wizz Air, but they don’t leave from Munich, only from cities at least 2 hours from here, so I always end up choosing other airlines. They have great prices!!

  • Places People Stories

    Hahaha, I can recognice myself in a lot this…. What a funnt post, and I love your humor and self-irony, Allane. I am not afraid of flying and do not take too many pictures, and never missed a flight, but besides that I think I could confess all the same points as you πŸ™‚ A really great post…

    • hahahahaha thank you dear!!! Then I guess we have a lot in common πŸ˜€ and lucky you to have never missed a flight!!
      Happy that you liked the post <3
      I need to catch up with your blog soon, things were crazy around here the past week. I hope you both are settled with the move πŸ˜€

  • I didn’t know you hate flying and were scared of heights! That made me laugh… sorry! But I am like you, even though I love travelling, I am happy to be home again.

  • hahaha OMG really? That was surely embarrassing!! But I think this might happen very often!! πŸ˜€
    We are very similar when traveling!! Maybe we should travel together in couples, me and you do all the work for our blogs and Mr. Ayla and W just go somewhere to have a drink hahaah πŸ˜€

  • hahaha me too… even when I am on a trip I am already thinking of the next!! πŸ˜€
    Lucky you to have never missed a flight!! πŸ˜€

  • hahahaha in 4 days in Paris I took 2,000!!! OMG… we are crazy πŸ˜€

  • hahahaha I am happy that I made you write this long comment and that you liked the post!
    The funny thing about my fear of flying is that it became worse with time, but I guess it’s stable now.. I try not to think much about it πŸ˜€ it helps.

    I don’t have problems with other airlines, so far. But Ryanair is just too much hahaha baaaad service πŸ˜€

    Awwwwn I can totally understand why you cried after leaving Raja Ampat and while diving with sharks… I would too <3 sooooo amazing!!

  • hahahaha same here!! I agree with you that it is very difficult to let go and relax!

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  • I am back!
    And speaking of places that made ME cry – OMG the Bavarian Alps!!! That day trip was the most beautiful day of the entire 2 weeks in Europe. I’ve seen pictures, sure, but in real life it was just breathtaking.

    • Awnnnnn really??? I am so happy you had such a great time there <3 did all go well with the tour?
      How was the rest of the trip??
      It was so nice meeting you <3

  • Mabel Kwong

    Like you, I am afraid of flying. When I’m in the plane, I think of things like what if the wheels drop off, what is the door opens and we all fly out, or my stuffed monkey flies out πŸ˜€ And museums too, I’m not a huge fan of. At most I’d spent an hour there walking around the whole thing, walking non-stop and not really stopping, haha!

    One time I took a spoon off the flight with me. I thought it looked nice and wanted a souvenier from the plane and the metal detectors didn’t pick it up πŸ˜€

    • hahahaa I also think the same things too!!
      We have such imagination…. or we probably watch to many movies!
      So you are exactly like me when it comes to museums hahaha

      You had the spoon in your pocket?

      • Mabel Kwong

        Yes! I took the spoon off the plane with me. I put it in my small green rucksack. Also, I took a lot of free handkerchiefs from the toilet (sitting in business class at that time, and the toilets had these square handkerchiefs). So walking off the plane, my bag was bulging πŸ˜€

        • hahaahahhaa that’s so funny!!
          I always like to take the airlines’ magazine πŸ˜€

  • hahaaha ohh nooo! It will all be fine, fingers crossed for you πŸ˜€

    yess please, do write yours! I would love to read it πŸ˜€

  • Ohh really?? That is great, sometimes I wish I loved them too, I feel like I miss a lot of things for not liking museums.
    You will love the Louvre, I think you will spend hours there πŸ˜€
    As for Ryanair, I really don’t like it, they spend the entire flight offering things and making advertisement. Also, everything they charge extra, luggage, food, etc. If you don’t mind that, then go ahead, from London to Edinburgh is only a few minutes, so I you will be fine πŸ˜€

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  • hahaha thank you dear! Happy to know that I made you laugh πŸ˜€
    Fingers crossed you will make many wonderful trips in 2016!