So many stories I will never kiss and tell – Day 21 of 30 Days of Indie Travel – Love Affair

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Prompt #21: LOVE AFFAIR

“When we travel, our senses are heightened. We feel more alive and we’re more free to do things we might not at home. We can be who we want. There’s an air of urgency to everything we do – we know our time here, in this place, and with these people, is limited. If we want to do something, we have to do it now. It’s no wonder then that many travelers have relationships on the road. Tell us about a “special someone” you met while traveling. “

So many stories I will never kiss and tell

Hell, I’ve spent all day with this blog prompt in the back of my head, and I’ve got bupkis.

Not that I’ve never loved on the road, or let the road lead me to love. On the contrary. Travel has taken me out of relationships, brought me to relationships, and deepened relationships. Or I could go crass and simple, say that travel made a man out of me, a-hur-hur-hur. But I’ll leave the shoulder-punching and ribald chuckling to others.

Travel brings out so many raw emotions. Lust and loneliness, hope and pining. I’ve broken hearts, and I’ve had mine broken. I’ve made mistakes, and I’ve made some amazing memories.

Just none I’ll talk about. And that’s the thing. There are parts of travel that go so deep, are so private, that you don’t kiss and tell. There are some things that aren’t for others—they’re just for the two people involved.

There are moments of love so tender that they turned me into a better man. There are times of passion that turned me into a better… well, never mind. And there are the pains of heartbreak that took me ages to get over and put behind me.

When I think of all the memories from my trips that I’m willing to share, my romances have never been big on my list. They aren’t for the after-dinner-and-over-a-few-drinks stories. I won’t slap shoulders and say, oh, aye, there was this one time… There aren’t even tender reminiscences, told with wispy eyes and a sense of “well, who knows what might’ve…”

Those memories are just memories now. My greatest love affair I’m still living. We share the road and far more with every trip abroad or in day-to-day life at home.

I ain’t telling anything about this one, either.

But it’s incredible.

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BootsnAll 30 Days of Indie TravelEvery day in November, the BootsnAll Travel Network is inviting bloggers from around the world to a daily blogging effort designed to reflect on how our travel experiences over the last year (or whenever) have shaped us and our view of the world. Bloggers can follow the prompts as strictly or loosely as we like, interpreting them in various ways and responding via text, photos or video posted on our own blogs. More information: Join the 30 Days of Indie Travel Project »


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2 comments on “So many stories I will never kiss and tell – Day 21 of 30 Days of Indie Travel – Love Affair
  1. Zak says:

    Dig it :) Great post.

  2. Erin says:

    This post goes right to the heart of how I felt about this prompt. I hemmed and hawed for awhile thinking, “well I could write about x in y destination…no that’s too personal” a few times. Ultimately, I wrote about food. But I’m so pleased you wrote about not kissing and telling – couldn’t have said it more beautifully and sincerely.

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