When you set off on your travels you expect your fondest memories to be of some of the main experiences or adventures you have. You imagine the most significant moments to be trips or excursions, which most of the time they are, but no one really thinks about the little moments and how they can affect you.
Some of my fondest or greatest memories I have from my travels seem like insignificant moments or experiences but they have stuck with me and are still so clear. For example doing simple day-to-day things like travelling from one place to another or lazing around on the beach can make significant memories. A lot of it comes down to the way you think or feel in any given moment and it’s your emotions that make a memory important.
I think everyone experiences those magical little moments when you are suddenly so aware of what you are doing and how lucky you are to be doing it. I think it’s those moments of gratitude or where the enormity of what you’re actually doing finally hits you that stick with us, as we’re so emotionally involved in these moments.
Some of the magical moments I have experienced that spring to mind include when we rented a moped in Phu Quoc, Vietnam. We didn’t particularly drive anywhere exciting or see any major attractions but simply riding around the island and discovering small villages or empty beaches was just incredible. I felt a real sense of freedom that day and it’s that feeling and the excitement of exploration that has stayed with me.
Another moment I can clearly remember was when driving to the small town of El Nido. El Nido is located on the island of Palawan in the Philippines and from the main city it takes around 7 hours to drive there. It was a long drive cramped up in a tiny mini bus but on the journey I was able to see so much of the island and get a real glimpse of what life is really like in the Philippines. You drive through so many small villages and towns where there are no tourists so you can really see how the people live. I really appreciated getting that little insight into a different way of life and as it was my first experience of Southeast Asia its something I will never forget.
I hope reading this has brought back a few special moments for you guys, it’s brought back so many memories for me! I just wanted to make the point that its not always those main trips or excursions that make your travelling experience but it can be those small magical moments that will stay with you forever.