“I am home!! What’s next? – Miss Hoggy
Avioleavitis, more commonly known as “The Travel Bug”, is an infectious disease of university students on gap year, new university graduates, retirees or just anyone who’s on their quarter and mid-life crisis. Once infected, the bug stays in your body for life. Travelling is known to relieve symptoms temporarily, however, no permanent cure has yet to be found.
The most common behavioural symptoms are:
- Your inbox is filled with subscription emails from travel websites
- Constantly browsing websites of preferred travel agencies and airlines for offers
- Reading travel blogs of not-your-own while contemplating of being a travel blogger yourself or you’re already one
- Asking the quoted statement by Miss Hoggy the moment you step on home soil, at the airport.
Travel bug is commonly transmitted through air, via word of mouths and the media saturated with the dreams of travel. The bug lays dormant and is usually activated through daily grind of study and work. It spreads around the world in variable times, usually during a major event in an individual life, such as graduation and retirement, resulting in international tourist arrival of 1.035 billion last year. And that number has discounted domestic travelling.
As the numbers of tourism suggested above, the travel bug usually take its form in international travelling, meaning travelling across the border of the country of your passport. And despair and wistfulness are very common in form of reality check upon returning home. It is not unusual that people forget that cure can be found locally, in form of cars, trains and caravans: that is travelling around your home city, home state or home country.
Domestic travelling, short term or long term, over the weekend, or over a few months, have been recommended to cure the bug, however, the effectiveness is difficult to determine due to much of the data remain unpublished. Having said that, domestic travelling is encouraged among those infected, because even those who has travelled worldwide has never really explored their home country in its entirety. So the excitement of exploration and encountering new things of international travelling can easily be found in day or long road trips, romantic or family getaway.
And the infected Miss Hoggy is going to do just that: a road trip. Upon arriving home, she has made plans to travel around her home state in 10 days.
And the journey begins tomorrow, here on When Miss Hoggy Leaves Home.