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Why I’m So Obsessed With Travelling And Why You Should Be Too

obsessed with travelling

I’ve made it no secret around these parts just how much travelling means to me and I’ve come to the conclusion that I really want to focus more on creating travel related content on I’m Just A Girl.

I’m aware that some of you may not want to see travel content all the time, and there will still be the odd smattering of beauty posts, but I really want to make this blog something that I truly love and combined with my passion for travelling, I believe that I’ll be able to achieve this.

Having said that, today’s post is all about the reasoning behind my adoration for travelling, and why you should be obsessed with travelling too!

obsessed with travelling

Travelling has always been on my radar, ever since I was incredibly young. Whether it was a family holiday to Spain, a weekend in Filey or a Christmassy break at Center Parcs, visiting new places has always been incredibly special for me.

I think a lot of my obsession with travelling stems from my love for New York as ever since I was extremely young, I watched every film and TV show under the sun that was based in New York. I always knew I wanted to see more of the world and whether that meant a day trip to Leeds, or flying to the other side of the world, travelling for me was a way to not only see some truly sensational places, but it was also a way of allowing me to explore what I wanted from life.

When my parents moved us to New Zealand in 2011, I thought that life as I knew was over. And while I suppose it kind of was, I’ve never been more grateful to have that kind of experience in my entire life. Living in a new country showed me so much about the world, as well as so much about myself as a person.

I owe a lot of my amazing travel experiences to my mum and dad who’ve always taken us to beautiful places. From Dubai to New York to New Zealand, these travel experiences have helped shape who I am today and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Since being with Matt, my passion and obsession travelling has only intensified even further and it’s so amazing to be spending my life with someone who feels exactly the same as I do about seeing more of the world. We’re currently in the process of planning an around the world trip for sometime next year and I honestly couldn’t be more excited.

obsessed with travelling

In the short couple of years we’ve been together, Matt and I have been on seven holidays together, as well as a number of individual trips thrown into the mix too. I feel insanely lucky every single day that I get to explore the world with my best friend and there’s so many reasons why I think you guys should travel more and why you should be obsessed with travelling too.

Travelling helps to build character and improves your confidence

When you’re stood in an airport in an entirely new country and you speak very little of the language and you’ve no idea where you’re going or what you’re doing, it can be a little overwhelming.

However, I truly believe that travelling helps to build character as you’re often put in situations where you may not be in your comfort zone; it teaches you how to deal with tricky situations which is only a good thing.

You experience a whole new culture

When we moved to New Zealand, it was a culture shock like no other and while it was pretty overwhelming at times, it’s made me so thankful that I’ve been able to experience a whole new way of life.

Different cultures can teach you so much about the world around you and you can learn so much about a place and its inhabitants by spending just a few days there.

You’ll get to try out new (and delicious) cuisines

One of my favourite things about travelling somewhere new is the variety of different dishes I know I’ll get to try out. Whether it’s traditional Italian pizzas in Venice, macarons in Paris or tapas in Spain, trying out new foods is definitely one of the best things about travelling.

You’ll never regret it

Travelling, in my opinion, is one of the very few ‘adult’ things that you’ll absolutely never regret doing. Buying a house can wait, getting your degree can wait and buying the latest Urban Decay palette can wait, but travelling shouldn’t be something that you should ever wait for.

If you have the chance to do it, and the means of paying your way around the world then you should do it at the first chance you get. I absolutely guarantee you’ll enjoy a weekend in Budapest more than you’ll enjoy a night out at the pub, so don’t put it off!

Travelling helps you to develop new skills

Before I moved to New Zealand, I had no idea that I’d be able to climb a mountain. Before I visted New York, I had no idea I’d be able to walk over 30,000 steps in a day. Before I went to Dubai, I had no idea that I’d be able to scuba dive.

My point it, unless you try it out, you’ll never know what you’re capable of and travelling helps you to develop skills that you didn’t ever think you’d possess.

You may even learn a new language, and even if it’s just a few phrases you’re already more interesting than the people next door who’ve never ventured out of their home town.

You might meet new people

There’s so many people I know who have made lifelong friends while they’ve been on holiday and I think that’s one of the most amazing things. My grandparents for example, met their best friends one year while on holiday and now they go on holiday every single year with them despite them living far away.

Travelling gives you amazing stories to tell people back home

You don’t have had to have trekked through the Amazon jungle to have an epic story to return home with. Sometimes, even the smallest trips provide us with the most incredible stories.

There’s been so many things that have happened while I’ve been in new places and I’ve made memories that I’ll treasure forever.

Obsessed With Travelling

Do you love visiting new places? Are you as obsessed with travelling as I am? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.


  1. Kiersten
    26th March 2018 / 6:14 pm

    I absolutely love to travel and experience other cultures! I haven’t been out of the United States but I have done some domestic travel and it’s been great! I have a whole bucket list of places I want to visit. I’m planning a trip to the Bahamas with my best friend for this Christmas.

  2. 26th March 2018 / 8:20 pm

    I love this, I love travelling. Like you said it has given me so much more confidence and so much more self-aware!
    I have met some of my best friends through travelling! I would rather travel than waste my money!! xox

    • chloedickenson
      26th March 2018 / 8:55 pm

      Thank you so much Emma! I’m glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  3. 28th March 2018 / 11:12 am

    I love this post, I too have made some lovely friends whilst I’ve been on holidays too. I think it’s great to explore the world and it definitely shouldn’t wait. Trying new food is definitely one of my favourite things, finding gems in each country is a blessing! I can’t wait to see more travel posts on here, you can always tell you’re so passionate about it!

    Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.com xx

    • chloedickenson
      28th March 2018 / 11:51 am

      Aw thank you so much lovely! Xx

  4. 28th March 2018 / 12:02 pm

    Yes yes yes! Sooo much love for this post! I am definitely my most happiest when travelling, you get to experience so many new things x

    Terri // TerriTalks

    • chloedickenson
      28th March 2018 / 9:15 pm

      Thanks babe! X

  5. Rachel Wuest
    28th March 2018 / 8:55 pm

    I agree most with the first bit: pushing my boundaries is always an exciting part of travel! I recently went to Egypt which was a whole new world compared to Europe and North America, but despite the craziness, it was amazing!

    Rachel || anotherstationanothermile.com

    • chloedickenson
      28th March 2018 / 9:15 pm

      That’s awesome Rachel! X

  6. 28th March 2018 / 11:10 pm

    woohoo I always love your travel posts! As a fellow travel lover, I was nodding my head to everything! I love meeting new people when travelling and making the best memories. You’re so lucky you’ve found someone who shares this passion as well, I hope my future BF does too! xx


  7. 28th March 2018 / 11:29 pm

    Ah I haven’t really ever enjoyed travelling before, but it’s so nice to see new places and I’m actually really excited to go to Mexico next week and experience somewhere new! Loved this post! X

  8. 29th March 2018 / 10:09 am

    Loved reading this! I too am a travel addict, it’s all about the new food, exploring new places and making amazing memories! Definitely agree that it’s great to push your boundaries too 🙂

    Love izzy | http://www.adoseofchatter.com

    • chloedickenson
      29th March 2018 / 12:00 pm

      Definitely babe! Xx

  9. 29th March 2018 / 2:26 pm

    I’ve recently got the travel bug pretty bad as well! It has led to me booking trips to Edinburgh, the Peak District, Paris, and Sorrento all within the next four months! I agree that travelling really does help you grow as a person and it gives you an insight into so many different cultures and ways of life as well that you’d never come into contact with otherwise! Even trips within the UK are so valuable, they can teach you a lot even in terms of simple things like planning and organisation! You sure can make some amazing memories while travelling, I agree that the makeup can definitely wait, gimmie a plane ticket any day!


  10. 31st March 2018 / 3:14 pm

    I can’t wait to travel more when Ru is a bit older, I want to take him to so many new places x

  11. 3rd April 2018 / 12:21 pm

    I’m looking forward to reading more travel content from you Chloe and I’m so excited for you and your around the world trip! I would absolutely LOVE to go travelling, maybe one day.. xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.co.uk

    • chloedickenson
      3rd April 2018 / 2:30 pm

      Thank you ever so much girly! Xx

  12. 4th April 2018 / 8:40 pm

    I never went abroad till I was 21 but I go on holiday every year now. It’s so nice to explore and learn about people’s cultures x

    • chloedickenson
      24th April 2018 / 7:21 pm

      It really is so lovely xx

  13. Robyn Evans
    9th April 2018 / 8:08 am

    I love reading travel content ! All of these are so true x

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