Unpopular opinion: I don’t miss traveling.
Before you judge me, let me just say that I did a fair amount of traveling last year and now my wanderlust is kind of gone. The world being on lockdown is obviously an unfortunate thing and I’m deeply sad about that. In the beginning I was terrified at the thought of not being able to go places for a long time, but I’ve realised recently that I don’t even think about it anymore. I’ve been so focused on other aspects of my life, even pretty pictures on instagram don’t impress me anymore.
And you know what? I’m really enjoying this new phase. Terrified at the current state of affairs, yes. But still, on a very personal level, I’m just thankful for the memories. I’ve been enjoying watching the sunset on my daily walks and the pond down the street is so beautiful it’s enough to keep me inspired. There’s so much beauty around, we don’t always need to fly thousands of miles in order to see it.
Last year I was driving along the Amalfi coast, soaking in the incredible beauty of that place. It really feels like something right out of a movie, but now it feels more like a distant dream. We almost got run over by crazy motorcycles in Naples – multiple times, it was traumatising – a place where the concept of traffic is completely different to what I’m used to (meaning displaying some sense of order). We joined thousands of other tourists in Rome and fought our way to the Trevi Fountain. And most importantly, we had gelatos for lunch.
Even though travelling to Italy is not an option right now, here’s a little photo journal of my time there. Someday soon we’ll all be able to travel again. Maybe these will inspire you to make your own memories there, too.