This picture appeared on my Pinterest today and I realised I recognised it from somewhere. I knew the arrows well – all pointing in different directions haphazardly – I knew the vivid and bright colours and the sunny location and happy feeling the picture gave me.

It was from somewhere very close to home. This… is my brain.

VickyFlipFlop's brain

Working with travel all week for the HostelBookers blog and then entertaining myself at weekends and evenings with this blog and my other travel projects is tough. I can’t even go on a holiday to get away from it all. It’s these potential holidays that seem to be the problem: I’m always coming home with somewhere new to go and another festival I want to try.

In fact I could probably make a whole ‘Shit Vic Says’ video about my travel fancies…

“The Latitude line up looks cool?” | “Ar, we should definitely go back to New York.” | “Hey remember Montpellier? Let’s go back.” | We didn’t go to this restaurant in Paris, maybe we should go again?” | “I’ve always wanted to go to Thailand”

There are just so many places to go and I want to see them all. I’ve already been to Slovenia and Edinburgh this year, I’m going to Oslo for May Day Bank Holiday, I’ve got a tour from Zanzibar to Nairobi booked for June and I’m going to Parklife Festival in June too. I want to go to Marrakesh again with mum at some point, Porto with a few friends in October and at least one other holiday with my boyfriend. The Bestival line up is calling too, and if Chloe goes to Ibiza I don’t know if I’ll be able to say no.

My brain is going in every direction – what with houses and moving out of my boyfriend’s mum’s house to factor in too – I’ve probably got more wooden arrows attached to my brain than in the picture above actually.

It’s a #firstworldproblem I know, but there are just so many incredible possibilities open to us today it’s hard to pin down just one… or two… or maybe even three to go for. So it’s at times like these I like to recall the good old Mark Twain quote that excuses the fact I’ve had more holidays than there are pounds in my savings…

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” 

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