“Hearts are wild creatures, that’s why our ribs are cages.” (Elalusz)
I’ve always loved this quote and somehow it feels all the more relatable in 2020, the year our freedom was compromised, our loved ones were kept at a distance, and we were confined to the walls of our own homes. Caged hearts and caged souls.
But not for long. The pause button will soon be released and a whole new (and hopefully far more appreciated) world will once again open up to us and we’ll be free to explore, learn, love and rediscover what is important to us.
As a travel writer and happiest-when-I’m-travelling suitcase gypsy (currently lamenting my 122nd day indoors I might add), I decided to reach out to some of my fellow travel-addicted and wildlife-loving friends. Likeminded free spirits, I wanted to know how lockdown has affected them and what sort of travel state of mind they are in:
Where do you plan to travel first, once global travel resumes?
What have you missed the most during lockdown?
Two simple questions. Twelve very different answers. Yet one glaringly obvious underlying theme: we all miss the freedom, spontaneity and connection of travel. As our ‘cages’ safely open, may we all appreciate and value the gift of travel once it resumes. Bon (almost) voyage!