Travelling to a new place for the first time can be so much like going on a first date. The anticipation and excitement, mixed with the jitters and anxiety of “will I / won’t I like him/her”, deciding where to go, even down to what to wear (let’s face it packing clothes for a country or climate you’ve never been to, is no mean feat just like … well, getting decked up to meet a new date).
But then again there are times when you know there is a click the minute it happens. Or if we go back to the world of dating, you’ve swiped right, you’ve jumped head first and “It’s a Match” but unlike dating, it’s actually perfect. You fall in love with this new place, and you want to share it with everyone, you want to let as many people as you can in on it (perhaps not advisable strategy if you’re on a first date with a guy/girl, unless they’re into that sort of thing…)
So, Iceland, have you been? Or planning to go? At some point you literally matched with it and now your heart is set on visiting, perhaps for the first time or maybe you’re a serial traveller with an addiction to it?
Was it the vast windswept lava field landscapes, stretching for miles and miles up to the horizon and making you think that you might’ve landed on the Moon? Or perhaps the craggy mountains licked by the constantly shifting glaciers full of wondrous caves and hidden spots to explore. Maybe the black sand beaches, the twisting fjords or lagoons captured your heart and made you fall for this remote country full of wonders? The raw power of nature ever present in the geysers and volcanoes and the feeling that whatever breathtaking views you’re seeing now, might not be exactly the same on your next visit. Or the roaring power of waterfalls that leaves you in awe of what nature really is and how insignificant we humans are in the grand scheme of things. Or perhaps the overall feeling of companionship, the easy-going nature of Icelanders and the way you felt welcome and ‘at home’ once you set foot in the country? Maybe you were enchanted by the flickering magic of the Aurora Borealis on a clear cold night or spent many hours watching the long fiery sunset of the midnight summer sun?Whatever it is that did it for you, share it with others. And if you think that your friends who haven’t visited yet, would particularly love a certain aspect of it, comment below and tag them, it’s awesome to give the gift of travelling and new experiences to those you care about.