I love travelling so I love to get away from it all. I love the feeling of going to a new place, experiencing something new. I love that feeling of waking up really early in the morning and setting off on a big journey. It’s exciting. I even like all the organising. Buying the tickets and looking for hotels, booking them online. Although having said that I tend not to book the hotel before I go, I might book the first night but when I get somewhere, when I get to my destination I like to look for the hotel when I get there. It feels a bit more exciting rather than just booking before I travel. I don’t feel too nervous about that, unless it’s a really busy holiday time, if it’s peak season it’s not a good idea to go without booking the holiday first. But normally, I just buy a flight, go, look for a hotel when I get there and then stay in a hotel that…the first place that takes my fancy.
I even like the things that most people don’t like about travelling. This might be a bit strange but I like going to see the nurse to get my jabs if I go somewhere very exotic I might need to have injections to protect me against certain diseases. I know a lot of people don’t really like needles but I don’t really mind needles so much. Having the jabs is all part of the experience. It’s part of preparing for the holiday so I quite enjoy that as well.
One downside of long-haul flights is you tend to get jet lag. I tend to get jet lag quite badly after a long-haul flight but that’s what happens if you travel across time zones and I guess you just have to put up with that. But when I get to my destination I’m so excited I don’t really feel the tiredness so the way I deal with it is…the first thing I do…I find my hotel, I dump my bags and I go straight out because I want to go out and soak up the atmosphere. I want to find out what’s happening, what’s going on. So the tiredness only really hits me maybe three days later. Then I need to put the ‘Do not disturb’ sign on the door and sleep for a day and a half just to try to catch up on my sleep.
I’m not really a last-minute traveller. I tend to plan my trips well in advance now. I used to like dropping everything and running off at the drop of a hat. I don’t do that so much anymore. I’m not really a last-minute traveller anymore. So I tend to plan big trips well in advance. But still with some of the arrangements, the packing and buying travel insurance, even getting my jabs…sometimes I am guilty of leaving it to the last minute, so I end up doing all these things in a mad rush.
VOCABULARYget away from it all– go on holiday to leave your normal life behind, do something completely different
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