Armchair travel

Once upon a time, I used to get itchy feet if I hadn’t been out of the country for a month. I was a travel aficionado. Weekend city breaks, European holidays, winter ski trips, a year off travelling through Asia: there were few travel opportunities I didn’t jump at. Frequently.

Palestine vintage travel poster
Okay then, I will…

But, now, of course, I’ve got a young family and my days of travel are, if not over, at least on hold for a while.

On the whole, I don’t really mind. There is something equally as exciting in discovering all the amazing places on our doorstep, both around London and in the rest of the UK.  Honestly, there really is.

France vintage travel poster
This hotel looks family-friendly, right? Oh…

But I have friends scattered at various locations around the globe, mostly there for work, and of course that bastard Facebook is terribly good at making you feel jealous about whatever it is that someone’s doing and you’re not…

And so it was, when one of my closest friends posted some photos today of her recent visit to Burma (she lives in Thailand and travels to Burma a lot. Yeah. I know).

I had an extreme sensation of itching in my feet and a yen to set off for sunnier climes.

Portugal vintage travel poster
No rain, ah blissful notion…

But I can’t. So, here is the next best thing.

You’ve seen these a hundred times before, of course, but I absolutely love these old 1920s travel posters. I found a whole set recently at the Boston Public Library’s Flickr account from an exhibition in 2010.

These are just a few of my favourites. You can take a look at the full lot here: Away we Go!

Alaska vintage travel poster
If I could go anywhere on my next holiday, I think it would be Alaska…

They utterly epitomise the glamour of travel don’t they? And that’s enough for me at the moment. Travel from my armchair…

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  • Well, I shouldn’t really moan so much, since I was in Puglia a mere month ago. But of all the places I’ve been to before, Borneo would be the one I’d return to quickest. If only to see these baby orangutans again…

Late again, late again and a travel dream

Ever feel like you’ve turned up to the party a day late when everyone else has already started cleaning up?

That’s me at the moment.

Or perhaps, I’ve turned up and can see everyone else inside having fun, but they’re being too loud to hear me frantically ringing on the doorbell…

You see, I keep finding out about these amazing blog events I’d love to join in with. But I always hear about them a little too late to do anything about it… First was the Knitting and Crochet blog week, hosted by Eskimimi Makes. I missed that one by a few days and it looked like lots of fun. Now, on May 10th, I’ve just seen Rosalilium’s Blog every day in May. That would have been fun too!

I need to mark up my calendar now for next year…

But, just for today, I am going to join in. Today’s topic was “travel dream” and, frankly, dreaming about travel is something that takes up at least 60 per cent of my brainpower every day.

At the moment, my biggest travel dream is to return to Borneo, where I took a two week holiday last year. Incredible place.

I took this photo in an orangutan rehabilitation centre.

Orangutan copyright Wolves in London
It was all I could do not to take him home with me

You want to go there too, now, don’t you?