Catching the Bug
I caught the travel bug hard during my first overseas trip to Thailand in 2009. Two weeks in a country where everything was so overwhelmingly different than my home hit me like a brick.
I didn't get sick, I wasn't a snob, and I wasn't disgusted by any of the practices, sights or sounds. Instead, I realised just how much there is outside my home and I swore to myself I'd see as much of it as possible. Nothing was off-limits. I scuba dived, I skydived, I did the bungy, I ate the local food and drank the local water. I communicated with people who didn't speak a lick of English in vague series of grunts and pointing.
I didn't care - I wanted to live like the world was my oyster. That's the feeling I try to muster every time I go on holidays.
When on holiday, you can be whoever you want to be. When on holiday, you are the best version of yourself - the one who is happy and free.