I travelled to Budapest. Which was obviously great. But it is actually the return to [insert the current city of residence here] that intrigues me the most.
No, not even the return… It’s that alternate persona that takes over while I travel, and lingers on for a while after I’m back.
This traveller persona — let’s call her Maggy — is one of my favourites #SplitPersonalityTOP10.
She sits at a dive bar sipping Bloody Mary at 2pm, climbs the rooftops in search of the bee hives, and talks to every stranger on the street as if she is a Mormon missionary.
You must know that delicious curiousity-slash-alertness-slash-up-for-anythingness I am talking about. And oh how blissfully chill Maggy is… stresslessly surrendering to whatever is happening. Well…most of the time.
The best thing is that this alter-Maggy-perosona sticks around for awhile after I come back from travels. Riding the momentum, she keeps dragging me to all the meet-ups, and events, and monuments marked on the TripAdviser…
Also, whilst on the road, Maggy is on the continuous digital detox. So even when we are back home, she insists we stay unplugged from tech, which is basically the same as…
A few carpe-diem days pass by… until I wake up one morning and realise – Maggy has left. Suddenly the thought of exploring the sights sounds exhausting, ordering tomato juice with alcohol – disgusting, and being social – utterly painful.
I know Maggy will be back next time I am on the road. But just to make sure she doesn’t wander off too far, I will go book the next trip tickets now.