Travel romance. Let’s face it, there’s something incredibly romantic about traveling around the world. Maybe, it’s the unknown, or the prospect of meeting new people and trying new things. Maybe, it’s that person you become while traveling, who’s different from who you are at home. Maybe, it’s the romantic setting during your journey. Or maybe, it’s the unique lifestyle in general. Whatever it is, travel, to me, is one of the most romantic activities that we, as humans, are allowed to partake in.
Which could be why, I find it nearly impossible to go away without meeting someone I find absolutely amazing. I don’t go looking for it, but it finds me each and every time. I guess it’s just easy to get swept off your feet in another country, or maybe, the fact that this new-found “relationship” has an expiration date. But, what if this person, who’s “geographically unavailable,” as my best friend, Deanna, would say, just so happens to be perfect for you. What then?
What if you meet someone, and you and that person have a real connection? What if you spend several days together, laughing and talking – actually getting to know one another? What’s the point, if after a few days, you have to part? And, what happens when you get home and can’t get that person out of your mind?
For my feelings on this, and travel romance in general, I have to blame Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat. Pray. Love., even if it is one of my favorite novels. Not only did it help me get over a bad break up, it also helped me survive my first post-break-up heartache, and gave me strength when I was in great need of it. But, most importantly, it helped me realize that I could travel if I really wanted to, and that I could discover myself through that travel. However, it also put into my head the idea of meeting someone while abroad , and that, unfortunately, has stuck. If Gilbert could find love in Bali, why couldn’t I find it among my travels?
Which begs the question, in this day in age, can a travel romance last? Can you meet someone from an entirely different country, and make it work? The hopeless romantic in me would like to say yes. Otherwise, how unfair is it that you can meet someone who may be just perfect for you and then never see them again?
Which is why I do feel that it can work, but I have my doubts. I’ve lost touch with many people I’ve met throughout my travels, however, there are several that I am still in touch with. Which leads me to believe that if my own travel love story is meant to be, then it will happen. Only time can tell.